Workforce Development

The Workforce Development program aims to provide an avenue for employment and achieve the social justice purpose of empowering individuals who are oppressed, forgotten and hurting. The program provides culinary training and employment services, and is also home to Metro Metal Works and our Care Team.

Central Kitchen is an in-house, state-of-the-art commercial kitchen. Volunteers and culinary students to help produce 2,000 – 5,000 meals per day for people who are homeless in northeast, Ohio. We are also a distribution center of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. We aim to empower participants and give them employable skills. LMM has beneficial relationships with many local employers and we also have a long tradition of hiring from populations we serve.

The mission of LMM’s Culinary Arts Training Program is to provide quality education, work experience and valuable skills training, helping students overcome their pasts, break down the barriers to employment and ultimately become successful in the foodservice industry.The program is licensed as a trade school by the Ohio Board of Career Colleges and Schools and validated through the American Culinary Federation. The program focuses on all facets of professional development and students receive 144 hours of classroom learning, 120 hours of hands-on experience, and 48 hours of job-readiness training.

LMM develops unique and transformative partnerships to people facing barriers to employment and in need of second chances.

Partnerships:

SAW

The number of individuals with disabilities who are eager to enter the workforce is increasing. This untapped workforce, known for having better performance outcomes and tenure, and less absenteeism than the typical workforce, holds much promise in filling this growing need. The Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCBDD) and its non-profit affiliate, Solutions at Work, Inc., have developed a partnership with LMM to prepare individuals with disabilities for jobs with local food companies and restaurants. Modifications are made for each student depending on their unique needs.

CHOPPING FOR CHANGE

An innovative partnership between LMM, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, and the Cuyahoga County Office of Re-Entry, the “Chopping for Change” program provides significant work experience and training for women in the criminal justice system and that empowers them to re-join the labor force. In addition to work experience and culinary training, participants arrive at LMM’s Richards Sering Center and receive supplemental services including counseling and case management designed to facilitate their re-entry experience and decrease recidivism.

PUBLIC ASSISTANCE VOLUNTEERS

LMM partners with Cuyahoga County to provide community service opportunities for individuals receiving public assistance. Recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Ohio Works First (OWF) or other forms of assistance can meet their monthly community service requirement in Central Kitchen with volunteer opportunities 7 days a week. Other community volunteers are always welcome.

Metro Metal Works is another aspect of LMM’s Workforce Development program, which designs, manufactures, sells and installs bicycle racks while training individuals from an under-utilized workforce, resulting in their employment and self-sufficiency.

Care Team members provide services to people residing in public housing including wellness checks, escorting and shopping.

 

For more information, contact Bryan Mauk at BMauk@lutheranmetro.org or Bevin Bowersmith at bbowersmith@lutheranmetro.org.