Become a FareStart Student

LEARN a SKILL – START a CAREER – BETTER your LIFE

Our Mission:

FareStart provides a community that transforms lives by empowering homeless and disadvantaged men, women, and families to achieve self-sufficiency through life skills, job training, and employment in the food service industry. 

To APPLY:

Attend our weekly orientation held on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. at FareStart. Ring the buzzer at the Virginia Street entrance for the receptionist.  

700 Virginia Street (corner of 7th & Virginia)
Seattle, WA 98101

View the application form here. You are welcome to print, fill out this application, and bring it with you to a Tuesday morning informational session. 

For more information about the program or for information about eligibility, call 206-443-1233.

What is FareStart?

  • A 16 week hands-on Job Training program in the Culinary Arts -- cooking, knife skills, food preparation, sanitation, and food safety.
  • Coaching to develop strong, successful work habits
  • Case Management and Support Services to address personal needs and challenges
  • Employment Services to help achieve employment

Our Support Services

  • Assistance in finding housing
  • Stipend Program
  • Resources to help with basic needs: housing, transportation, meals, clothing, health & hygiene, voicemail, and others.   
  • Individual support in addressing any barriers to success
  • Individual Development Account: A savings program, after employment, that is matched 2 to 1, for obtaining permanent housing.