Thursday, September 30, 2010

Detroit Urban Faithventure Cafe Sonshine Provides Jobs and Training for Teens and Young Adults

Rudy Carrasco recently highlighted a faithventure business operating in urban Detroit in his Urban Onramps blog.

Central Detroit Christian Community Development Corporation runs Cafe Sonshine, a family-friendly restaurant at 8902 Second Ave in Detroit. Besides providing healthy food to the community, the restaurant also employs and job trains 7 teens and young adults annually. From their website:

Central Detroit Christian CDC is the managing organization of Cafe Sonshine, a family-friendly cafe (which employs 7 teens and young adults yearly). The restaurant serves a dual purpose--as a job training site for teens and young adults and as a store providing delicious food and desserts for the community.
In 2007, we acquired the commercial strip just across the street from our apartment building and office. The Freeze, our ice cream store relocated here and Mr. FoFo’s, a famous deli & soul food restaurant, the anchor tenant, was been under our management since 2008. Both of these businesses worked to provide excellent customer service and good quality food in a clean environment.
In February 2010, we temporarily closed the restaurants in order to evaluate and redevelop our business plan for this commercial venture, and in April 2010, we reopened as Cafe Sonshine. This family-friendly casual dining experience provides good quality and diabetic healthy options that will provide a healthy home-cooked option for residents in our community and beyond. Please join us to enjoy a great meal at an inexpensive price. while supporting a great ministry.

If you live in the Detroit area, this sound like a great organization to support by dining out. They are open from 12pm to 8pm,Tuesday through Sunday at 8902 Second, on the corner of Hazelwood, just one block off Woodward. For more information, call 313-873-9330.

This organization would be a great resource for other groups considering opening a faithventure restaurant.

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