Nominated by Emily Pilloton
The Crossroads Cafe, on top of having the best $4.95 BLT in San Francisco, is an amazing enterprise (cafe and self-help bookstore) that provides job training to "people who have hit bottom to completely rebuild their lives." Its clients include former substance abusers, ex-convicts, homeless and others. What makes Crossroads world changing is its alignment with the Delancey Foundation's other enterprises -- the system works to support individuals at every stage, from counseling to employment to entrepreneurship.
In coordination with other enterprises that include moving and trucking, catering, artisan craft guilds, landscaping, digital printing, and more, Crossroads Cafe is successful because of its link to other enterprises (providing a stepping stone rather than a one-off model of work-based empowerment). The food is amazing, the staff inspiring and friendly, and the training program rigorous and effective.
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I like this. I like a work-training program that takes the dignity of the client seriously. It has a Bill Strickland-ish vibe--- provide a high quality atmosphere and keep expectations high.