About Life’s Kitchen
Life’s Kitchen is the only Treasure Valley based organization that offers food service and life skills training to at-risk youth while also incorporating GED tutoring and support, internship placement, job search assistance, and professional mentoring.
Mission: Life’s Kitchen is dedicated to transforming the lives of young adults by building self sufficiency and independence through comprehensive food service and life skills training, placement in the food service industry, and continuing education.
Vision: To transform our community and provide a sense of belonging, enrichment and hope, and create a place where young adults, 16-20 years of age, will:
- Develop skills to enhance their self worth and realize their full potential.
- Access the educational resources, tools and opportunities necessary to thrive and live independently.
- Receive job and life skills training in the food services industry to foster self sufficiency.
History: Life’s Kitchen was founded in 2003 by local restaurateur Rory Farrow. Over the years, Rory saw hundreds of Boise teenagers enter her local restaurants as employees without the basic life skills necessary to become successful young adults. She found herself helping many of them learn to chop vegetables and read recipes as well as find their first apartment, learn how to manage a budget, and other important skills required for economic independence. After 25 years of informal mentoring, Rory founded Life’s Kitchen. The organization itself is based on Seattle’s FareStart a food service training program for homeless adults. Life’s Kitchen was the first organization supported by Catalyst Kitchens — a national network of food service job training programs — and is a Model Member of the Catalyst Kitchens Network. Life’s Kitchen is a recognized leader in food service job and life skills training. In 2012, Life’s Kitchen was awarded the Albertsons Foundation ID21 award for innovation in education.