Growing to meet the need.
2018 Board of Directors
“I was like a seed in life waiting for a drop of water to come and make me bloom. FareStart was that drop of water to me.” Adult Culinary Graduate
Thanks to your incredible support, 2018 was another defining year. A record-breaking number of adults and youth enrolled in FareStart programs. Job placements were at an all-time high. New partnerships were forged. Angela Dunleavy-Stowell joined the family as CEO.
We wouldn’t be able to do any of this work or provide access to vital services without the support of our donors, diners, volunteers and partners. Your steadfast dedication to our students, apprentices and mission in the face of growing poverty, homelessness and hunger in this region, is deeply appreciated.
Together, we will continue to be a catalyst for people to plant the seeds of change, thrive and be successful in the ways they themselves define.
Cornerstone Advisors, Inc. - Chair
PCC Community Markets - Chair-Elect
Community Funding Group - Chair, Rising Higher Campaign
Johnson Consulting Associates, LLC - Chair, Social Enterprise
Tricia McKay Lincoln
LUMA Consulting - Secretary
Accountant Smart LLC - Treasurer
Starbucks Coffee Company
Paul Davis & Associates, LLC
Tousley Brain Stephens
Alexandria Real Estate Equities
Justice Mary I. Yu
Washington State Supreme Court
Ex-Officio Member, FareStart CEO
FareStart provides a community that transforms lives by empowering adults and young people experiencing poverty and homelessness to achieve self-sufficiency through life skills, job training and employment in the foodservice industry.
“FareStart has been providing job training and opportunities for 27 years, but what FareStart really does is provide hope and a sense of community.
We believe that everyone deserves a chance to reach their full potential, and because of your continued support through donating, dining and volunteering, we can provide the tools people need to succeed.
Thank you so much for all you do for our students and apprentices.”
Angela Dunleavy-Stowell, FareStart CEO
Youth Culinary Program
Students get real-world experience by working at the FareStart Café in Beacon Hill at Pacific Tower. There, they work with staff and serve customers.
• Youth Culinary graduates: 38
• Graduation rate: 76%
• Youth Culinary interns: 17
• Graduates who earned their High School Diploma or GED: 31
• Entered a new partnership with MOD Pizza where we placed interns. All the interns were hired!
"FareStart does change lives.
I was able to learn skills that propel me in my life.
I was able to go to school and I have a steady job.
I have a future now."
Youth & Young Adult Barista Program graduate
FareStart Impact in 2018
"For me, coming from a hard background, it was hard for me at first, but that isn't me anymore.
I learned and met people who have been there for me.
This is a place where I feel safe and I don't need my armor anymore."
Adult Culinary Program graduate
Recognizing Our Supporters and Partners
Our community of donors, volunteers and employment partners help our students seize the opportunities that FareStart provides. Without their generous support, our students would not have this chance to put themselves on their chosen path to success. We can’t thank our supporters enough.
The enclosed audited summary financial statements are presented below. For a copy of the full statement, please visit farestart.org or contact Ryan Dean at (206) 267-7603.
* Intercompany balances have been eliminated in consolidation.
** Of the $(16,523,447) total change in net assets, $(13,042,361) was directly related to the one-time reduction in value of the contributed noncash asset related to Community Table and $(2,836,594) was related to the ongoing annual in-kind rent expense recognized from the contributed noncash asset. FareStart and its Landlord mutually agreed that Community Table, one of the social enterprise businesses in South Lake Union, was not as successful as anticipated. The location was closed on January 25th, 2019 to enable the organization to focus on its other businesses, which offer more job training opportunities. As a result, the previously recorded in-kind gift was modified to reflect this reduction in contributed noncash value in 2018.