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2020 Alumni Wellness Gatherings

Please email Onassis Jones at ojones@cafereconcile.org or Kyle DeMerlis at kdemerlis@cafereconcile.org if you plan to attend any of the sessions listed on the flyer below!

Gloria: From Hospitality to Hospital

This is Gloria, 2015 Reconcile Alumna, in her Ochsner uniform on her first day as a PCT.

PCT stands for Patient Care Technician. Everyday, Gloria puts into practice the Reconcile skills that Interns learn, and Alumni display, even in the midst of a pandemic.

Patient. Gloria was patient in her search for new job opportunities. Because of you, she learned patience and persistence at Reconcile, continuing to work on a project until it was done right.

Care. Gloria’s passion to care for others helped her transition hospitality skills to a career in healthcare.Technician. Gloria used the foundational techniques learned at Reconcile to navigate new skills in a new industry. These are the skills that our Interns are learning today.

This is Gloria. Despite being tired after her overnight shifts, Gloria remains motivated to put food on the table for her 8-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter. She credits Reconcile and the New Orleans Career Center (NOCC) for helping her find a job and set a precedent for other Alumni who follow her.

Reconcile’s Program Team partnered with NOCC and its key stakeholders Ocshner and Entergy, who design, develop, and launch programs that change the lives of our young people.

Many of our Alumni are out of work for more than five months now and still struggling to make ends meet. In a tight job market, they worry about their children going to bed on an empty stomach.

Gifts from donors like you help Reconcile fuel hope for our Interns and Alumni who are actively seeking opportunity for themselves and their families.

Will you join Alumni like Gloria on their pathway to purpose?

With your support and care, more stories like Gloria’s can come true.

Seizing the Moment Dinner – Sept. 23, 2020

Seizing the Moment Dinner Series Event Benefiting Cafe’ Reconcile

Join us for a dynamic four course meal perfectly paired with cocktails featuring Hendrick’s Gin.

About this Event:

Reconcile New Orleans’ Seizing the Moment Dinner event will create a spirit of hope and opportunity. Celebrate the promise of new beginnings for Reconcile Interns on a journey to fulfill their dreams.

Join us for a dynamic four course meal perfectly paired with cocktails featuring Hendrick’s Gin —  a distinctive gin with a delightful palette of 11 botanicals and curious infusion of rose petal and cucumber.

We will practice all health protocols to ensure a safe and memorable dinner event.

Tables of 2, 4 and 6 are available.

Seizing the Moment is hosted in partnership with the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience.

The Opportunity of a Lifetime

BECAUSE OF YOUR CONTINUED GENEROSITY,
four young people are receiving the opportunity of a lifetime.

Because of your support and desire to help young people achieve their potential, the Reconcile COVID Class of 2020 has the resources needed to live, learn, and grow.

“The people I’ve worked with before have never been as patient as Ms. Simone,” Jasmin added.

This week our 2020 Class 2 Interns were in action on the Café floor for the first time since March! Interns have adjusted to our new hybrid training model and are working from home on Tuesday and Thursday. Each Monday and Wednesday, they will spend their mornings learning culinary and service skills face to face, while maintaining a safe social distance with guests and the Café team.

New Interns like Jasmin and Chris are setting a precedent for the young people that will follow in their footsteps — never giving up and taking advantage of the opportunities in front of them.

You gave them this opportunity.

Young people need our help today. Dreams don’t just disappear because there is a pandemic. With your help, Reconcile Interns can show up to say,  “I’m willing to learn and ready to work.”

Will you be there for them?  

If so, click the Donate button below.

You Helped Fred, But Fred is One of Many

BECAUSE OF YOU, Reconcile graduate Fred Smooth is surviving the COVID-19 pandemic.

In February, FRED SMOOTH earned the “Legacy of Service” Award from The Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans. Fred was acknowledged for his hard work and commitment just two months after he was hired as a runner/busser, and he quickly worked his way up to full-time server.

When we introduced you to Fred in March, he was unemployed and trying to support his family. The father of a 2-year-old girl, Fred received gift cards Reconcile distributed at the start of the pandemic. These helped with immediate needs such as food, diapers, and other necessities for his baby girl. Today, Fred is still unemployed, but a new job opportunity just became available to him. Besides pursuing interests in electronic arts, gaming, and online sales, Fred landed an interview for a position in mortgage lending as a business development associate. The most humbling part of Fred’s story can be seen in the video below…

Fred is successfully managing the harsh reality of today, both financially and emotionally. He applied Reconcile’s budgeting workshops and money-saving techniques to everyday life, he put to good use the lessons he learned as a student of Reconcile, and he started disciplining himself long before the pandemic. We can’t wait to update you on Fred’s pending job interview, but even if it doesn’t come through, Fred will manage. He is a confident young man with a glass-half-full attitude.

But many of our alumni are still struggling to make ends meet after not having worked for over four months. In a tight job market, they worry about their children going to bed on an empty stomach. With unemployment benefits being suspended, we turn to you for help.

Gifts from donors like you help bridge the gap. Your gift funds budgeting workshops and client assistance grants, that helped Fred further along his path, so that other Alumni can manage this reality, too.  We need your help to support them in the battle of survival.

With your help, our young people can get back to pursuing dreams.

Prepared for the Pandemic

$20 COOLINARY MEAL!

Café Reconcile is thrilled to participate in this year’s Coolinary Event. We are offering a three-course lunch for $20 throughout the month of August!

– Cup of Chicken and Sausage Gumbo with rice
– Catfish Plate (served fried, grilled, or blackened) with a choice of two sides (collard greens, mac & cheese, sweet potato crumble, jalapeño cornbread muffins, or potato salad)
– Bananas Foster Bread Pudding


PREPARED FOR THE PANDEMIC

FRED SMOOTH is a Reconcile Alumnus who received the “Legacy of Service” Award in February from The Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans. Fred was acknowledged for his hard work and commitment to The Roosevelt just two months after he was hired as a runner/busser. In March, when we introduced you to Fred, we told you that he was unemployed, trying to support himself and his family. The father of a 1-year-old girl, Fred received gift cards Reconcile distributed at the start of the pandemic. He used the funds for immediate needs such as food, diapers, and other necessities for his baby girl.

Today, Fred is still unemployed, but a new job opportunity just became available to him. We can’t wait to tell you how it goes, but in the meantime, Fred has this to say to you, his Reconcile family: “No matter what happens, I will stay positive. Reconcile taught me how to budget, so I have enough money saved to provide for my family, even with unemployment ending.”


THANK YOU, ELLA WEST FREEMAN FOUNDATION!

With the weekly federal unemployment benefits ending July 31, Reconcile New Orleans Alumni who were once employed in the hospitality industry and receiving unemployment benefits are facing a harsh, new reality. Thanks to the Ella West Freeman Foundation grant awarded to Reconcile, client assistance will be available to Alumni in August. Client assistance grants help Alumni with immediate needs as they continue to work toward employment. Thank you again, Ella West Freeman Foundation!


It’s Possible to Chase Dreams Right Now

When you help a person feel empowered and take ownership of their work,
he or she is able to grow.

Now more than ever, a young person needs a breath of fresh air in order to show up to work and thrive.

On the other hand, if you don’t provide them a space, and a place, to discuss housing, transportation, and their ability to put food on the table, it becomes impossible for them to chase dreams.

For the first time since mid-March, Reconcile Interns are back in the building. This puts us as “close to normal” as the pandemic limitations and safety procedures allow. This gives Reconcile and its young people a breath of fresh air.

Our team is hard at work creating innovative opportunities that demonstrate our excitement to welcome Interns but also be mindful of their safety and the adjustments that need to be made for them to succeed.

Interns will be in the café from 9-12 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays for training. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, meetings and training sessions will be virtual. This pivot is necessary to allow our young people to adapt to advanced technology and the ever changing world of from-home communications. In a nutshell, while some folks are starting a new chapter, Reconcile is starting fresh and writing a new sequel.

“Reconcile is redefining what ‘success’ looks like with this new cohort. Nevertheless, we are excited to start a new chapter … one that will display our resilience and everyday commitment to those we serve,” said Kathy Litchfield, Reconcile program director.

We need your help to provide the physical resources — laptops, uniforms, and transportation, just to name a few — as well as the emotional supports that guide Interns on their pathway to purpose.

“No matter what happens, we will have Interns in our building,” said executive director Gerald Duhon. “We are planting our flag throughout this pandemic. We are committed to our mission of serving, training, and believing in our young people.”

Is it possible to chase dreams right now?
With your help, definitely.

Together, WE ARE RECONCILE.

New Faces at Reconcile

The more people like Courtney and Daniel, the more we can fulfill our mission here at Reconcile, where you enter as a customer and you leave as a member of our family. However you safely choose to enjoy your meals, it can help our Interns receive the resources that put them on track to pursuing their professional and personal ambitions. Visit our menu, or share it with a friend, HERE.
INTERNS BACK IN THE BUILDING!
For the first time since mid-March, Reconcile Interns are back in the building! This puts us as “close to normal” as the pandemic limitations and safety procedures allow. Our team is hard at work creating innovative opportunities for our young people that demonstrate our excitement to welcome Interns but also be mindful of their safety and the adjustments that need to be made for them to succeed: “This will be an abbreviated program model that will see Programming run a six-week training program as opposed to the typical 8-week model. Starting week 2, Interns will be in the café from 9-12 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays for training. Interns will then transition to the third floor for their second temp check and workshops. Reconcile and its Programming are working on redefining what ‘success’ looks like at the end of this cohort. Nevertheless, we are excited to start a new chapter … one that will display our resilience and our everyday commitment to those we serve.” – Kathy Litchfield, Program Director
RENDELL’S 2ND YEAR AT TOURO CONTINUES

Congratulations to Rendell, who is almost halfway through his second year working at Touro Infirmary. Founded in 1852, Touro Infirmary is New Orleans’ only community-based, not-for-profit, faith-based hospital. Rendell works as a dietary supervisor, serving meals to Touro’s patients and bringing a smile (even one that you can see behind the mask) into every patient room he enters. He inspects the kitchen daily to maintain required levels of cleanliness, checks all refrigeration units weekly for storage of food items, and oversees the production of all food served from the kitchen to patients, guests and hospital personnel. Congrats again, Rendell. Keep up the great work! Together, WE ARE RECONCILE.

Chef Mike Shelton: Investing in Young People

When you’re aiming to change your life, you need a plan.
Even more crucial, you need a model.

The main principle behind modeling is that if you overtake the behaviors, strategies, determination, and other traits of successful people, you also become more successful. That’s why Reconcile believes it is essential in our young people’s development to offer role models and champions to guide them through their journey. 

One of those champions is Chef Michael Shelton, who serves as executive chef at Second Harvest Food Bank. It is important to see how community members like Chef Mike engage with and inspire our young people, providing them counseling and mentoring to help pave a path forward.

In the video below, Chef Mike explains what makes Reconcile’s young people unique, how they take advantage of opportunities, and why those opportunities are not possible without your support.