I like to talk about mental health here on the blog... but I don't ever really talk about my job specifically. This is simply because I don't want to put my work in the crossfire of my controversial, crass, and sometimes crude ramblings. So keeping in mind that my views, beliefs, and opinions are in no way representative of my place of employment's... let me introduce you to this:

And to narrow it down to our mission:

I could talk for hours about my feelings, thoughts, and philosophies when it comes to mental health and the community/health care system/employment field/education of (or lack of)... but I want to keep it simple. We are a restaurant staffed by the most incredible, caring, talented and dedicated people. We are a fully functioning non-profit and in addition to the Staff, we have 20-30 trainees who all have severe mental illnesses, get out of bed, come to work, and train intensively on technical skills as well as soft social, preparatory, and professional skills. They are the most resilient human beings I know and they inspire me on a daily basis. We are all committed to recovery.  I fit into this equation as the baker... I train in this area and float wherever else needed. I have never had a more fulfilling job and goddamnit I feel lucky. We just had Scott Griessel come and do some cafe shots and I loved them so much I want to share.

So, welcome to the sneak peek into 40hrs of my week. I feel fortunate to be paid to contribute to the world in a progressive and uplifting environment.

P.S. We are in the running to receive a charity grant from Chase Bank and you can vote for us HERE.
(If you click, we can keep doing more of what we're doing;))

What was your most fulfilling job?


  1. what an amazing place! i wish i lived nearby so i could come and support them.

  2. This is amazing! I'm interested in Mental Illness and plan to go back to school and get a degree. I definitely wish I lived closer so I could help, this is such an awesome program!

  3. This is so awesome! I've never seen or heard of a program like this; it seems like a wonderful idea!

  4. Wow. This is amazing, I've never heard of anything like this around here! I might have to do a little research, one of my siblings has been in and out of various types of hospitals due to mental illness and I'm sure would love to be involved in something like this.

  5. That sounds like the most fantastic job ever. I believe that is 40 hours well spent!

    I unfortunately haven't gotten to that point in my life where my job will make a difference. You see, getting a good job with the environmental aspect you really need your degree. I'm almost done (this is my last year at school), but I can't wait to get out there! I hope I can do something to educate the youth about the environment. Retail doesn't really fulfill that...

    Enjoy work! ;D

  6. That's fantastic! We have something similar here in Seattle (aimed primarily at the homeless, but same concept of job-giving) called FareStart. I think it's such a positive concept, and love that you're involved with it! :)

  7. I'm so glad you shared this, otherwise I would not have known to vote! =D What a wonderful sounding place. :) Good luck!

  8. What an awesome charity! I got goosebumps, seriously. This is so inspiring, I'm going to take a print of this to the org I volunteer with here in town. The city closed our metal health facilities recently, and as a result we have a large number of people with mental health issues that are homeless, or living in poverty.

    My most rewarding job is what I do right now. I'm a teacher at an inner-city school. I love my job, even though it is hard sometimes. But its worth it every time I go through a student hug-gaunlet!

    I am inspired.

    Thank you,

  9. This is fabulous. I love when a business is dedicated to helping others through their work. One of my favourite cafes and brunch places in Toronto is Niche, a cafe that trains and employs staff members who have difficulty entering the workforce due to asperger syndrome. It's a very small cafe (only anout 12-15 tables in patio season) so they don't have a lot of staff on at any time, but I'm so pleased that they make the effort and help people develop important life skills.



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