Camden soup kitchen graduates learn new career path and outlook on life in 17-week programPosted: Updated:
A soup kitchen in South Jersey is changing the lives of not only the people they serve, but those preparing meals as well.
Mary Jones says just months ago she had nothing -- no money, no job and she was struggling. Seventeen weeks later, Jones is one of more than two dozen culinary and baking arts graduates at Cathedral Kitchen in Camden.
The 17-week program is run out of the soup kitchen in Camden and gives adults a fresh start and a new career path. They complete internships and eventually land jobs in the field.
"We touch on everything in the industry. We do a little vegetarian, vegan, we do meat, a lot of chicken, we do stocks, we do soups," says executive chef Jonathan Jernigan. "Anything you could think of that happens inside the kitchen, they get to touch it at least one time when they go through this program."
But the program takes it one step further than just culinary skills.
"I learned self-control, I learn how to manage my money better, how to stay humble, don't let nothing negative get me," says Jones. "They taught me how to just take criticism."
For Bruce King, who received an award for "best attitude," it's the beginning of a new life he now gets to spend with his family.
"I'm coming off of an extensive prison time, so to have them here to see this moment with them for the first time since I've been out of prison ... it's just awesome," says King.
The program is open to anyone 18 and older in Camden County. Cathedral Kitchen is currently in the process of filling its next class, which will begin in February.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that Americans cover their faces when leaving home, especially around other people.
- Latest updates - CDC recommends face coverings in public, Trump directs FEMA to prevent export of N95 masks, Supreme Court postpones April arguments and rapid testing for people near Trump and Pence.
- These photos capture scenes around the world as countries cope with the outbreak.These photos capture scenes around the world as countries cope with the outbreak.
- The statewide total number of coronavirus cases in New Jersey now stands at 29,895 cases, after Gov. Phil Murphy just announced 4,372 new cases
People from all over New Jersey are giving back to the state's hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic. Tonight we focus on Hackensack University Medical Center.
New Jersey SlideshowsGalleriesMore>>
- The 1,000-bed hospital ship will help ease the burden on local hospitals amid the coronavirus outbreak.
- From doctors and nurses to firefighters and police officers. From grocery store workers to news media and beyond. There are many who work hard to keep things running, keep us informed and keep us safe.
- There are no rainbows without rain, right? Well, one might say it's been pouring lately. But a strong and growing group on Long Island is spreading color and positivity with a rainbow movement.
- Whatever the reason is, News 12 wants to see photos of what you're doing to keep busy during the coronavirus pandemic.
- As people work from home and avoid large gatherings, areas that are normally packed with people have suddenly become nearly vacant.