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Teach Them to Fish and Cook
by Chef Jim Reardon C.I.A.

Hola! Greetings and blessings from Guaymas.

First, please let me introduce myself - my name is Jim Reardon. I am a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. I have had many a great opportunity to work in some wonderful restaurants such as the Drake Hotel in Chicago, Commander’s Palace in New Orleans, from consultant work, to my own place in Key West. God has truly blessed me in my career, and this time has blessed me even greater than before. 

I have recently had the chance to start volunteering here in Guaymas. Everyday medical, dental, clothing, food, and other essentials needed are provided by the amazing work of the people here with Casa Franciscana. One of those needs is the training in job skills. We have the chance to do just that. 

The idea started with a conversation over lunch with Fr. Martin in Scottsdale. His idea and dream was to give opportunity for the most impoverished areas of Guaymas, to make life better for the community as a whole by providing lifelong job skills.  

He had recently discovered that there is a need for people with culinary training for the countless number of resorts and restaurants here in the Guaymas / San Carlos area. 

Well - the plan of starting a culinary program has begun and is working quickly. We are building a curriculum for classes and are raising funds for equipment and program needs. We are anticipating a target date for our first class to begin in early January 2015.

The classes will teach everything from being servers, bus boys, to prep cook, line cooks, as well as teaching basic English skills.  We will also provide advanced classes for sauces, sous chefs, fruit carvings and other styles of cooking from around the world. Basic classes will be about 3-4 months, with advanced classes also lasting 3-4 months. 

I have been in contact with many people from resorts and restaurants and already there is job placement available. The chance to provide a job skill where the jobs are close and the ability to provide income for local families is always needed for the community to thrive. 

We thank you for all of your prayers and generosity and invite you to be a part of the major impact that this will have on the growth of the people in Guaymas. 

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Our work would not be possible without the prayers and generosity of thousands of donors. Your compassionate response allows us to bring food and medical care to the poor and vulnerable and to provide educational opportunities for the children of Guaymas. Thank you for opening your heart to offer hope and relief from poverty. 

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