Positive Vibe Café was founded in 2002 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization by the Positive Vibe Foundation (formerly the Get Lost MD Foundation). Unchanged today, the Foundation and Café provide hands-on training and meaningful employment in food services to individuals with physical and developmental disabilities. The Café stands on patrons and volunteers alone. Over half of the Café’s employees are unpaid and, with our patrons, assist an organization that believes in the bright futures of all persons.
Training for Accomplishment
Since 2004, Positive Vibe Café has trained over 1200 students, all with scholarships. The training program aims to prepare students for the work world and includes basic food service skills; is hands-on, builds self-confidence and readies students for real world employment. Graduates of our training program also acquire skills in cleaning and sanitizing, proper use of kitchen utensils, food safety, commercial dish washing, communication in a work place, interviewing, and job seeking. The program typically lasts four weeks and culminates with a graduation ceremony. Each graduate, in the end, is prepared for job seeking, interviewing and working in the food service industry.
Positive Vibe Foundation Training Board 2015-2016
Caito Hankinson, Training Program Director: Positive Vibe Foundation
Monica Flickinger, Community Liason
Beth Conner, Co-Chair: Chesterfield Co. Public Schools
Denis Alshekie, Henrico Public Schools
Judy Averill, M.S., Chesterfield Co. Public Schools
Crystal Davis, Henrico Public Schools
Kelly Desclos, Richmond Public Schools
Donna Grumiaux, DRS
Kathy Hobbie, Henrico Public Schools
Judy Howlett, Richmond Public Schools
Michelle Kitt, K12
John Steward, Henrico Public Schools