We have achieved a major milestone with our first cohort of 18 students completing the introductory course in our culinary program.
We want to thank all our donors who have supported our efforts over the years to allow us to get to this point and in particular 3 foundations that made a major contribution to the construction and acquisition of appliances. The Russell Foundation, The Spector Family Foundation and Avila in Action, St Teresa of Avila in Lincoln Park, Chicago stepped up big time and were instrumental in making this 4 year old vision a reality.
Below is a brief pictorial overview of the evolution of the project.
Our first culinary program cohort, a group of 18 students, completing the first of 12 classes.
Appliances installed and cafeteria tables arrived in container.
Kitchen exterior painted.
Kitchen interior showing completion of electric service, plumbing and gas.
Kitchen shell and roofing exterior view
Shopping for kitchen utensils to take in container
Kitchen shell and roofing interior view
Kitchen foundation poured
Received grant from Avila in Action, St Teresa of Avila in Lincoln Park, Chicago
Stewardship is rooted in the idea that all we have is a gift from God, and with grace we gratefully give back to God from what we have been given. In the same way the Church teaches these principles, the church itself strives to live by them. St. Teresa of Avila parish has historically given 3% of our collections to charities outside of our walls.
In 2015, the Stewardship Committee along with the Finance Council made a prayerful decision to increase our giving percentage to 6%, and to seek input from the parish on how the funds are distributed. This initiative has been named Avila in Action. Parishioners may nominate a charity of their choice to receive Avila in Action grant funds.
Visit to INFOP culinary program to establish a relationship
Received Grant commitment from The Russell Foundation to launch the cooking school program.