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Our Impact

Our Impact

Ursula, Cook at Alexandria Public Schools

“La Cocina VA transformed my life! ….Nowadays I don’t think about my past...La Cocina gave me the tools and the means to focus on my future.”

Dawud, Baker at Pastries by Randolph

"I am learning how to be successful. I'm changing who I used to be, to who I want to become.”

Oscar, Cook at Conrad Hotels & Resorts

"La Cocina VA helped me learn to step back, get a game plan, and let go of some of my concerns… I've become more patient with myself and learned that anything is possible.”

Lilian, pastry cook at Bakeshop

"You can achieve anything you want, no matter your situation, if you do it with passion and love....Thank you, La Cocina VA, helping me gain knowledge and self-confidence!"

Since our inception in 2014, we have supported the professional and personal development of over 100 adults in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area. We provide training and job placement assistance for 2 years. 85% of our participants obtain employment upon graduating from our program and 78% retain income throughout the first year after graduation.  

Our team strives to equip those who come through our doors with the ability to take charge of their lives, while offering support through the difficult moments. We measure success by the numbers but also by the more intangible ways that we are able to help someone have a better present and be able to craft a brighter future.

We empower our students to succeed not just with technical skills and certifications, but with the greatest tool of all: confidence.


By making a tax-deductible donation to La Cocina VA, you can:

  • Create job opportunities for unemployed members of our community
  • Facilitate access to healthier meals for our neighbors in need