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DCCCD Alums Create Culinary Training

Facility for At-Risk Youth

Janice-Provost and Chad Houser presented with pins by Steve DeShazo at Bits Bites
Janice Provost and Chad Houser are presented with
awards by Steve DeShazo at El Centro College's Bits
and Bites event.

First and foremost, Janice Provost and Chad Houser are chefs. But almost equally important to them is combining their professional skills with a passion to make a difference in young people’s lives. Friends, former co-workers and both alumni of El Centro College’s Food and Hospitality Institute, the two have joined forces to create a dynamic new model of turning their trade into life and social skills for troubled adolescents.

Janice and Chad are co-founders of Café Momentum, a Dallas-based nonprofit restaurant and culinary training facility for at-risk youth. The idea was born from a visit they made to the Dallas County Youth Village, a juvenile detention facility. “On the drive back, we talked about how we could help these young men, and the idea of a restaurant emerged,” says Janice. “We had our first meeting with other like-minded individuals and created a plan. It was at that meeting, with fantastic enthusiasm and energy that, I'm proud to say, the name Café Momentum popped out of my mouth, and the ball was off and rolling.”

“The restaurant focuses on employment, life and social skill training,” says Chad. “El Centro provided me with a solid foundation of skills and lessons about not only how the restaurant industry works, but also its value to our society.”

“Janice Provost and Chad Houser exemplify the potential to which our students aspire,” said El Centro Food and Hospitality Institute director Steve DeShazo when the two were honored at the institute’s annual Bits and Bites awards this spring.  “They create opportunities for themselves, make a difference in our community and provide service to others through a career in the food and hospitality industry.”

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