Helpings Cafe, Market at Catering by UMOM is now open.
Stop by at 3333 East Van Buren, Monday – Friday between 7am and 3pm.
Operated by UMOM New Day Centers, Helpings Café, Market and Catering is a social enterprise that provides fresh, tasty food while offering job training to individuals in crisis. Proceeds support UMOM’s mission to prevent and end homelessness.
Helpings Café, Market and Catering serves made-from-scratch muffins, gourmet salads and sandwiches and Starbucks coffee drinks, smoothies and refreshers.
The Helpings Barista Training program launched this spring and the trainees are creating specialty drinks from the Starbucks menu. This training, along with the customer service and food preparation training, provides vital job skills and confidence to the community’s most vulnerable population.
The Helpings Market offers fresh, healthy food choices in what is considered a food desert. Along with staples like rice and cereal, Helpings Market will provide fresh produce, grab-and-go sandwiches and salads. The market will accept WIC vouchers and SNAP benefits.
Proceeds from Helpings Café, Market and Catering are directly re-invested into UMOM programs to end homelessness.
It has been a community effort to launch this project, with support from many individuals and organizations. Thank you the JP Morgan Chase Foundation, for a grant that made this enterprise possible. “Chase is gratified to see UMOM translate our philanthropic support into action through the wonderful Helpings Café and market,” said Gus Charara, Executive Director for J.P. Morgan’s Private Bank and Board member of UMOM. “The Café not only will provide healthy food opportunities but also trains and prepare people for jobs, helping to break the cycle of homelessness.”
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