Outstanding Presentation: A check for $10,000 was presented to Café Hope from the 2012 Westbank Italian Open at the Italian American Society of Jefferson meeting.
The Westbank Italian Open Golf Tournament is an annual Fund Raiser sponsored by the Italian American Society of Jefferson. Funds raised go to support the non profit Cafe’ Hope on the Hope Haven Campus in Marrero.
Café Hope: A Cafe Where mentoring is the main course
Café Hope is a program of Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of New Orleans. It’s located on the historic Hope Haven campus at 1101 Barataria Blvd. in Marrero, LA 70072, just ten minutes from the New Orleans Central Business District.
Café Hope is inside the Hope Haven Center, a campus of ornate Spanish mission-style buildings first opened in the 1930s as an orphanage and later run by the Archdiocese of New Orleans as a treatment center for troubled youth.
Café Hope uses the tried-and-true format of a full-service restaurant, open to the public, to deliver life skills training and career preparation to young adults who want to make a new start.
The program designed for Café Hope is intended for people ages 17 to 21 who often are referred by youth advocates, juvenile services, churches and family members. It combines a 12-week curriculum of hands-on training in the kitchen and dining room with guidance from industry professionals and volunteer mentors and help with job placement once apprenticeships are complete.