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Woman Gives Women and Children Fresh Start Through Cooking

Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 10:11 PM EDT
There are 1,300 homeless women and children any given night in Baltimore City. Many have fallen on hard times, losing their jobs in a tough economy. Now, one woman is using her talent in the kitchen to help other families make a fresh start.

In the kitchen of Christ Lutheran Church, cooking is not only a hobby but a means of survival.

Nearly eight years ago, Chef Connie Crabtree-Burritt started a culinary arts program at the church’s shelter for homeless women and children. Over eight weeks she teaches them the skills to work in commercial food services.

For Nikki Jennings, the program was a fresh start. She came to the shelter in May and started the program. With Chef Connie’s encouragement, Nikki completed the course and she will soon start an internship at that Harbor Court Hotel.

It’s a story like Nikki’s that inspired a new chapter in Chef Nikki’s life. Together, she and her students created a cookbook influenced by the people who have passed through Connie’s kitchen.

Chef Connie recently sold her private catering company and is focusing on the shelter’s culinary arts program. More than 100 women have completed the course.Woman Gives Women and Children Fresh Start Through Cooking

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