Success Story: Breadline Inc. (Stone's Throw)

Rising Member
Fairbanks, AK

Breadline Inc.'s Stone's Throw Training Program is a 12 week training program based in Fairbanks, AK that provides trainees with hands-on experience in foodservice, as well other life skills and job readiness skills. Stone’s Throw has fostered a rich network of community partners that actively support the success of the program and trainees. 

 

Trainee Population: Recovery and Re-entry, Youth & Adults

Enterprises Run: Soup Kitchen, Transitional Housing & Disaster Relief Meals

Problem:  Local need for job training programs built on strong partnerships; lack of resources to launch program.

Solution:  Support fundraising and stakeholder engagement to launch training program embedded in existing community feeding operations; launch initial social enterprise and prepare for expansion

Services Provided:  Initial feasibility assessment through a Virtual Discovery Workshop, and a long-term consulting contract, which included formalized program design for adult foodservice training, operational readiness support, partnership development support, curriculum materials, staff training, social enterprise development support

Outcomes: 

Successful training program pilot launched: 2 students, 100% program graduation, 100% job placement. Program evaluation and full launch underway. 

First social enterprise lines of business launched via strong local partnership; local food access survey and market research underway to assess opportunity for expansion.

"We looked at several models but chose Catalyst Kitchens largely because it was already 'turn-key' -- we would not have to begin at zero. What we received was so much more than we had expected."