Growing to meet the need.

Growing opportunities.

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.

Thank you.

Ken Hart

Cornerstone Advisors, Inc. - Chair


Cate Hardy

PCC Community Markets - Chair-Elect

Bill Adamucci

Community Funding Group - Chair, Rising Higher Campaign

Gregg Johnson

Johnson Consulting Associates, LLC - Chair, Social Enterprise

Tricia McKay Lincoln

LUMA Consulting - Secretary

Julaine Smith

Accountant Smart LLC - Treasurer

Jeffrey Adelson



Sue Bevington



Michelle Burns

Starbucks Coffee Company 

Paul Davis

Paul Davis & Associates, LLC

Gail DeGiulio

Global Partnerships

Rodger Kohn

Tousley Brain Stephens

Judy Meleliat

Aegis Living


Craig Russell

Community Volunteer

Chris Schenck

Valve Corporation

Joanna Smith

Community Volunteer 

Bettina Stix



Brian Surratt

Alexandria Real Estate Equities

Nicole Trimble


Justice Mary I. Yu

Washington State Supreme Court


Angela Dunleavy-Stowell

Ex-Officio Member, FareStart CEO

Mission Statement

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

FareStart Programs


Youth Culinary Program


The Youth Culinary Program, in partnership with Seattle Public School’s Interagency Academy and new this year, Nova High School, is an 8-week culinary job-preparedness and education 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.

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