Easter Egg Roll

April 24, 2011 by Post Team 

Easter Egg Roll, For years, Jeff Ragsdale was in and out of prison high on drugs and alcohol, and homelessness. “I have had many opportunities, but this time it’s actually working. I am a little more focused than it was in the past,” he said.

This weekend was part of a team of chefs at DC Central Kitchen, who are busy boiling eggs for the 6000 annual White House Easter Easter_Egg Roll.

After many failed attempts to get clean and maintain a steady job, Ragsdale program applied to DC Central Kitchen Culinary Training in Employment. It is one of hundreds of chefs who have graduated from the program, which aims to help ex-prisoners and homeless adults to stand.

“I feel good knowing you are part of an organization that has so many good things for the community and be recognized by the White House, you know that there is nothing better than that. I feel good that I can be part of something this magnitude. ”

This is the third year that students and graduates of the DC Central Kitchen’s job training have helped prepare the White House Easter Egg Roll, which is hosted by the President and First Lady Obama.

The kitchen serves 5,000 meals a day, 365 days a year to the needy in the DC area. But the work of 16-week training program at its core has been nearly 20 years, said spokesman Bryan McNair.

Graduates of the program, which had a placement rate of 80% in 2009, moving to work in restaurants, hotels and convention centers. The program prepares students with culinary skills and sanitation, but “in reality, 40 or 50 percent are life skills,” said McNair.

“There is a camaraderie, a community of men and women working side by side and really feel that their lives are changing,” “Men and women come here and leave as different people.”

Dwain Arrington is another chef who is thriving in the program. It is the first work he has done after spending 12 years in prison for weapons possession. Here, it feels like people understand, and he is proud of their collective achievements.

“Many people went through my situation similar and perhaps worse. They told me their stories and how she overcame adversity. I just stuck with it. They saw something in me that I did not see. I was offered the position and stayed with him grew as a family, things went well, “he said.

Ragsdale says the best feeling for him is to turn to a community that took a lot of hard times.

“This organization is different, as it works to give the community and works largely with those of us in the past have had both the community, so they turn to a blessing.”

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