Our Mission is to create opportunities for social and economic change through feeding, educating, and empowering the minds of the community.
We build a sense of community by offering the unemployed the necessary skills and knowledge to overcome poverty themselves by obtaining a better-paying job within the food service industry.
OUR IMPACT IN THE DC REGION AFTER TWO YEARS OF WORK
THE DARKEST SHADES ARE REPRESENTING THE AREAS WHERE OUR GRADUATE STUDENTS LIVE AND WORK.
For different reasons, I had to get divorced. There were problems of domestic violence. For me, [La Cocina VA] has been significant because it has helped me become an independent woman. It’s an excellent program. Lots of women like me don’t have the motivation, don’t know where they stand.
Karina HerreraLa Cocina VA Graduate, Now Earning $21/Hour at the Hyatt Regency in Washington, DC
I moved to this country nine years ago with my family. I have been blessed by La Cocina VA, they have provided me and all my classmates with all we needed. Personally, I am getting ready to open a banquets and event business. I am very grateful to God and to La Cocina VA for the opportunity as a Hispanic immigrant to make my dream come true and to start a business.
Ingris EstradaLa Cocina VA Graduate
This program gave me the push to feel important and valuable to my family. After such a tough time in my family, it was a positive step forward to controlling my life. I feel so much stronger to be able to provide for my family in ways I was not able to before. I support my family and my household all on my own with my head held high.