Café Augustine seeks to prepare unemployed local youth for jobs in food-service industry

PrintThe St. Augustine Society, an outreach ministry of Catholic parishioners in the Youngstown area, is announcing the launch of Café Augustine, a jobs-readiness program that will be sited in the Newport Branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County.

Café Augustine is an outreach initiative for young adults ages 18-24. It will operate as a sheltered workshop and life-skills training ground for young adults in Youngstown and Mahoning County who have become disconnected from the working world. The program seeks to teach students the skills necessary for working in the food-service and restaurant industries.

After success in this teaching workplace, students will be ready for hiring by commercial and institutional food service providers, or they may continue further academic and technical education.

An orientation/open house for Café Augustine is scheduled for 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 9 at the Newport Library. Training is scheduled to begin on July 6 and the cafe’s grand opening is scheduled for Sept. 21.

“We’re very happy to have a café back in the Newport Library. The mission of Café Augustine aligns well with ours at the Library. We are excited to work with a program that helps people fulfill their potential, much in the way that Library programs and materials offer a similar opportunity. We feel it will be a great partnership,” said Heidi Daniel, Library Executive Director.

Café Augustine was inspired by, and is receiving technical support from, Urban Strategies and Café Reconcile in New Orleans. Since 2000, over 1,000 students have completed training and  gone on to successful employment in the food-service industry there.

Retired Mahoning County Sheriff Randall Wellington and The Rev. Ed Brienz, director of the Propagation of the Faith and Missions Office of the Diocese of Youngstown, will introduce the mission of Café Augustine during a wine-and-cheese tasting event at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Hall in Youngstown.

The program is scheduled to include representatives from Café Reconcile and successful graduates of the New Orleans program will give testimonials. Tickets for this event are $45 and can be obtained by calling 330-792-6646 or 330-744-8451, ext. 277.

For more information on Café Augustine, contact Brienz at 330-744-8451, extension 277 or email

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  1. Melissa says:

    Need one in Trumbull County


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