One year ago, the hospitality industry was one of the largest and fastest growing industries in greater Boston, with demand for workers far outpacing supply. Today’s headlines paint a very different picture with restaurant closures and unemployment skyrocketing. So why is NECAT still open and training? The poverty gap that pre-dated the pandemic is deepening; people of color have been disproportionately affected and face even greater barriers to accessing aid, and as physical and mental health decline, substance use goes up. We firmly believe we can contribute to the economic and emotional recovery of adults through our occupational training.
Lifting Up Our
When you support NECAT, you’re not only supporting the most vulnerable job seekers, you’re also helping hard hit food service employers significantly reduce one major cost: the sourcing of workers. Essential food service jobs are still out there – in hospitals, care facilities and in supermarkets where prepared meals are made. These are the jobs that our employer partners are looking to NECAT and its network of qualified graduates to step in and fill.
Beating the Employment Odds During a Pandemic
Finding a job during a pandemic isn’t easy. But with the right training and a willingness to adjust one’s expectations, it can happen. Recent NECAT graduate, Elly did just that. “I applied to every single culinary job I could find,” she tells us and eventually landed the role of kitchen manager at a local Chipotle. “This is my time to build my experience. I’m working through this pandemic and I’m going to be ready for the perfect job when the time comes.” We know that with her NECAT training and her determined energy, Elly’s time will come soon enough.
Give the Gift of a Stable Future
NECAT serves a population with complex life challenges – most of our students experience a combination of homelessness, prior incarceration, substance use recovery and are living at extremely low-income levels. With your support, we can give these individuals a fighting chance during this most difficult of times. You can help them find a path to economic security and a rewarding career for years to come.