Delicious Food with a Generous Serving of Second Chances

Eat lunch at Zest 280 and you’ll enjoy a good, healthy lunch along with a generous serving of second chances. I did. On my first visit I savored this mission-based café’s homemade Grain Bowl. It was a delicious combination of lentils, quinoa, brown rice, peppers, tomato, kale and grilled chicken. This cozy café at 280 Park Road in West … More Delicious Food with a Generous Serving of Second Chances

Making Kafar’s Dream Come True

Ethiopian refugee Kafar Hassan’s dream is coming true. Forced to leave his son Robel behind in Johannesburg, South Africa where they had found safe haven for several years, Kafar arrived in Hartford’s Asylum Hill neighborhood in 2013 when resettled by local Catholic Charities Migration, Refugee and Immigration Services. In Asylum Hill he found welcoming support and … More Making Kafar’s Dream Come True

A Pathway Opens

November 10, 2016. It’s graduation day. Graduation day for the inaugural class of Hartford Public Library‘s Immigrant Career Pathways introductory food service program, a collaboration with Hartford Public Schools‘ Food & Child Nutrition Services. Nine Hartford immigrants celebrated completion of sixty hours of ESL (English as a Second Language) classes and thirty-six hours of a hands-on internship in … More A Pathway Opens