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I formed Chefs Table Foundation Inc. last August after the success of 2015 Homeless Restaurant Week. The foundation has received a (301)c tax exempt status from the IRS and all donations are tax deductible. I am the only employee of the company and I draw no wages. Homeless Restaurant Week was sponsored last year by Tabrizi Enterprises Inc. (my company) and will this year as well. The donations will be entirely for the project below.
I know feeding the homeless is a noble thing to do, but I was thinking that if I can teach qualified homeless individuals a skill, perhaps they can feed themselves and be out of the shelters. So, the idea is to raise enough funds and open a “Homeless Restaurant Training Center” where it will offer regular meals to regular patrons, but also every weekday between 11 and 2 pm, homeless people can come and be served a special meal served by a server. The restaurant will be run mostly by volunteer chefs and managers, and the homeless qualified candidates will learn and work as well so they can obtain a skill and earn a decent living. They will be sent to a school to learn about commercial food handling and will be certified.
The candidates must be all registered in shelters to qualify for the program. Our main goal is to raise $200,000.00, the plan is to purchase an abandoned building and convert it to such facility, either a Baltimore city property or a church owned property. So, I am thinking once we have the funds, it will be much easier to convince the hard-headed officials. So wish me luck.
Michael Tabrizi
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