Two Hot Bread Kitchen graduates, Saba and Misbah, were highlighted in The New York Times!
Saba and Zuly’s stories were featured as part of the Times’ annual “Neediest Cases Fund,” from which we received a grant last year.
The Neediest Cases Fund benefits 8 NYC-area organizations. Our grant was through The Community Service Society (CSS), an organization that has been extremely helpful in providing funding for us to buy uniforms, food, summer camp fees, or pay housing arrears when trainees are facing eviction. Saba and Zuly in particular benefitted from MetroCards to get to and from training and their workplace.
A Metrocard to cover the cost of transportation to and from training is repeatedly noted by our trainees as a crucial benefit that Hot Bread provides for women to join us and complete the program.
Saba: Language Was an Obstacle, but Not a Barrier
“I was the youngest in my family, so I had no idea how to make anything. Before Hot Bread Kitchen — nothing. But I want to do work, I want to do something for my family.”
Zuly: Behind Google’s Salad Bar, A Single Mother Who Found the Right Kitchen
“I took it very seriously,” Ms. Hernandez said, “because they were very serious here, too.”
These stories underscores Zuly and Saba’s determination, perseverance, and humor as they finds economic independence in their roles for themselves and their families. We hope you find it as inspiring as our team found working with these graduates!