For many organizations, the first step in dealing with pandemic shutdowns was just to help their participants and alumni get through the initial weeks
On the evening of Saturday, March 14, 2020, the staff at Café Momentum served only seven diners. The downtown Dallas restaurant was consistently listed as one of the best in the city, but suddenly, fears about an emerging pandemic were keeping folks home. Café Momentum is more than just a restaurant, though. It is also a nonprofit that has spent 30 years training at-risk youth exiting the juvenile detention system to work in hospitality. So the staff and the 15 young people working that night spent most of the evening doing extra training and cleaning to keep busy.
The year had started off strong. In fact, Café Momentum was so successful that it was planning to expand to other cities around the country. Thanks to a … Read more