Team Ni: Not even Mother Nature can slow us down!

The initial plan for today’s meeting was to visit FareStart ( to research techniques for staffing a restaurant with a diverse workforce that does not necessarily come from a traditional background. Kim and the crew at FareStart were gracious enough to offer up some time in their busy schedule to give us some ideas for our project. FareStart is a culinary job training and placement program for homeless and disadvantaged individuals. Over the past 19 years, FareStart has provided opportunities for nearly 5,000 people to transform their lives, while also serving over 4.5 million meals to disadvantaged men, women, and children.

Unfortunately, the snow and ice in Seattle derailed our plan and we were forced to postpone our visit.  Thankfully, our team is flexible and willing to brave the elements as well as a state of emergency just to meet. We traded in the study rooms at Paccar for Stacie’s house so we could work on our community radio project. Specifically, we focused on creating programming recommendations from the focus group we conducted in the village of Surel.

Overall, we had a very productive week and made great progress with the community radio portion of our project. We also cleared a major hurdle by getting our scoping document approved by SEWA.

Hopefully the weather relents and we can re-schedule our visit to FareStart in the near future. In the mean time we will just have to enjoy the snow!


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