Rising Higher

Training, opportunity and hope.

Our vision is to empower people with high barriers to employment to become self-sufficient and thrive.

We'll double our reach over the next 10 years serving 7,000 people across all of our training programs.

And we'll need people like you, along with the entire community, to make this expansion successful.

Since our inception, FareStart has been a pioneer in reducing hunger, poverty and homelessness in our community.

As we embark on our 25th anniversary, we are launching an innovative paid apprenticeship program to help low-income foodservice workers gain additional skills to earn a living wage. The endeavor will coincide with the opening of five new eateries in Seattle, which will serve as the training ground for the new program.

This expansion would not be possible without the incredible support of Amazon, a longtime FareStart supporter, which is donating 25,000 square feet of dining and training space.

Learn more about how FareStart is Rising Higher, click here.


Foodservice Apprenticeship Program

Our foodservice apprenticeship program will help low-income foodservice workers gain employment in higher wage positions such as line cooks, line leads, sous chefs, supervisors and managers. Recruitment for the new program will begin in summer of 2017. In the meantime, if you are interested in learning more about the program, click here. If you’re interested in our other training programs click here.

New Eateries

The eateries, which will be located in the South Lake Union neighborhood at Boren, Thomas, Fairview and Harrison, will be operated by FareStart and open to the public. There will be a full-service restaurant, three fast/casual outlets, a coffee shop and a catering venue. They are expected to open in late summer of 2017.


In the coming months, FareStart will kick off a fundraising campaign to raise an estimated $6 million in remaining operating expenses necessary to develop, launch and sustain our new Foodservice Apprenticeship Program and build capacity for the expansion. Stay tuned for more details. You can transform lives by contributing to FareStart's general fund here.

Get Involved

While we are in the planning stages of our expansion, there are still ways to get involved with FareStart. From dining at our restaurant to volunteering, we invite you to join us.


Hire an Apprentice

FareStart will work with apprentices on employment goals, job development and "soft skills" such as teamwork, professionalism and self-confidence. We will work closely with leaders in Seattle's restaurant industry to design a curriculum that is beneficial for the entire community. Click here to inquire about hiring FareStart graduates and apprentices.