The Salvation Army Teaching Homeless Vets Cooking


Springfield - Sugar, spice, and plenty of direction: three things that will take homeless veterans from the streets to becoming part of the job force.

It's part of the School for Cooks program.

It'll be a chance to help these homeless veterans get a second chance at life.

Instructor Charlyn Fargo-Ware said,"the whole goal is just to help them develop some skills to get a job.  I mean it's kind of a second chance for them."

It'll provide a second chance at life for veterans like Joey Savage.

"I think it's important for each veteran to get a little bit of their humanity back, sometimes just basic life skills and simple things.  All of us veterans at some point, when we became civilians had to make the transition back into the civilian community.  Helping us relax in civilian roles again and that's a big adjustment," said Savage.

This program has already proven to be successful with past graduates.

"They've got a chance to go and get a job in an industry that's looking for people to work.  And we've had quite a bit of success.  One of our students cooked for president Obama.  A lot of these guys maybe haven't completed something for awhile and to give them the skills to know that they can do this again, that they can go out and get a job, and that they can actually complete something, it's so heart warming," Fargo-Ware told WAND News.

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