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Community Servings, Inc.
  • 179 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
  • 617-522-7777
  • Supervised Job Search
Teaching Kitchen Food Service – Job Search
Program activities:

Job Readiness and Life Skills

Weekly classes prepare trainees for employment upon graduation. Topics include preparation of a resume and references, mock interviews, extensive study about the food service industry and types of employment available, and job search and job application training and support. Classes also include the life skills that support successful employment including taking charge of automatic thinking and reactions, and taking actions consistent with goals, dreams, and values.

Digital Literacy

During weeks 7 through 12 of the Teaching Kitchen program, all trainees participate in a three-hour weekly computer class and job club. Individual training and support are provided to those who would like assistance in how to establish and maintain an email account, submit an online job application, create a job seeker profile online, complete online applications, etc.

Financial Empowerment

In partnership with the Family Prosperity Services staff at JPNDC, all trainees participate in financial literacy training including basic banking, understanding credit, and following a budget. Each trainee is provided with one-on-one financial empowerment coaching as a follow-up to the group training offered.

TKApplication.2021-Fillable-Form.pdf (servings.org)

Program is offered in: English
Participant demographics:

Ages 18+ and proficient in English. Must be able to commit to full 12-week training program and have a goal of food service-based employment upon graduation.

Anticipated number of SNAP participants per year: 40
Total hours: 3
Information About Program Hours: The Job Search (JS) component is a mandatory component of the Teaching Kitchen job training program and cannot be taken as a stand-alone component (28 hours/wk total).
Program duration: 12 weeks
Rolling Admission: Yes
Number of cycles: 8
Program start dates: New (12-week) cohort starts every 6 weeks, year-round. April 22, 2024 – July 11, 2024, June 3, 2024 – August 22, 2024, July 15, 2024 – October 3, 2024, August 26, 2024 – November 14, 2024
Sample schedule:
HoursActivity TypeMonTueWedThuFriSatSun
9:00am-12:00pmJob Readiness/ Financial Literacy/ Digital Literacy
By AppointmentWeekly 1 on 1 job search meetings, as needed
Other Schedule Information: Trainees are required to arrive no later than 8:45am each day, in order to be ready to be in the kitchen by 9am. Open year round, with a new 12-week cohort starting every 6 weeks. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.
Is the program offered remotely? No
Is public transportation available? Yes

Location information:

179 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130The site is accessible by 2-minute walk from the Stony Brook T station on the orange line, or by a short walk from MBTA bus routes 22, 29, 39, 41, 42, and 44.
Additional information about location:

Community Servings also has parking available for bikes and vehicles.

Program requirements: CORI check, SORI check, Immunizations/Health Records
Program is CORI friendly? Yes
Additional details: We are a CORI friendly program, aside from convictions of arson, murder, or sexual assault.
Other outcomes: Employment/Promotion, Basic skills gain, Employment/Promotion | Basic skills gain | Well written resume and reference list | Quality employment with a local food service employer!

Participant Supports:

Participant Support CategoryAll participantsAs needed
DTA SNAP Transportation Support
DTA SNAP Child Care Referral
Test/License Fee
Books/Supplies
Clothing/Uniforms
Daily Hot Lunch
Are there any out of pocket expenses for the participant? No
Do participants receive any pay? Not applicable

Contact Information

Program Liaison: Allison Sequeira, Teaching Kitchen Senior Program Manager
Telephone: 617-522-7777
Ext: 206
Program code: CSI-JS
ABAWD Qualifying? No