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Your past does not define your future. This is a common saying at NECAT. And it is exemplified by recent NECAT graduate, Esteban Bueno.

Upon Esteban’s release from 17 years in prison, he was living in a residential reentry house and was turned down by job after job, until he found NECAT.

“NECAT has been a true blessing. It is so much more than a culinary training program – any problem you have, they help you,” said Esteban. “I came from a world of violence, a place where no one gives a damn. Everyone at NECAT is helpful and cares about my future.”

Esteban thrived at NECAT and ended up receiving several job offers. Today, Esteban is working in the North End, earning a great wage.

“It feels incredible. I am so proud of myself and how much I have changed. Without NECAT I would be dead or back in prison. I love my life, I love cooking and I love how proud my family is of me.”

This is just one story. NECAT provides a life-changing experience to 150 students each year, and every student faces personal challenges. Our program works – our graduates are working, earning well above industry average and they are keeping their jobs after the program. In January we will be launching a pilot program in Everett to serve even more students, as demand in the food services industry for qualified workers continues to grow.

Please consider making a year-end donation to support NECAT’s Culinary Arts Job Training Program to help more individuals like Esteban get a chance at a better life. See below to make your donation.

Thank you for your continued support!

Watch this powerful video to meet Esteban and hear from him directly.

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NECAT has received IRS tax-exempt status under 501(c)(3). Your contribution will be fully tax-deductible. For more information about our non-profit status, please contact Ashley Bartell, NECAT Director of Development.