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Café Momentum to Expand Nationwide

Photos: Chad Windham Photography

North Texas-based Café Momentum recently announced launch of Momentum Advisory Co. (M.A.C.) to support efforts to take Café Momentum’s nonprofit restaurant model nationwide. A 1.9-million-dollar investment was made by Stand Together Foundation who is partnering in the launch of M.A.C. to build programs that expand opportunities for system-involved youth to reach their full potential.

“We have seen the powerful difference it makes when communities come together to support the holistic needs of our country’s most marginalized youth,” said Chad Houser (right), founder of Café Momentum. “Our partnership with Stand Together Foundation continues to empower us to expand our mission to transform millions of lives and reshape how our country thinks about juvenile justice.”

Momentum Advisory Co. got its start with Café Momentum, a nonprofit restaurant and culinary training facility based in Dallas that provides employment, life skills training, and wraparound care to youth exiting juvenile detention facilities. M.A.C. is now looking to expand the successful model to cities nationwide.

Café Momentum is a member of Stand Together Foundation’s Catalyst Network, a select group of 180+ top-performing nonprofits across the country capable of societal-level change when it comes to breaking the cycle of poverty in America.

Evan Feinberg, executive director of Stand Together Foundation, added, “Café Momentum is an organization with inspiring leadership and a transformative vision rooted in a deep belief in people. With a recidivism rate nearly three times lower than the Texas average, Café Momentum is demonstrating there is a better way to support our nation’s system-involved youth.”

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Since becoming a Catalyst community member in 2017, Café Momentum has served more than 1,000 youth in the Dallas area and through pop-up restaurant events in Los Angeles, Nashville, and Miami. These pop-up events brought the Players Coalition to the table, and Momentum Advisory Co. has expanded the relationship during the pandemic through a virtual dinner series between the youth of Café Momentum, Players Coalition, and leaders in juvenile justice from across the country. These events educate youth on their civil rights while also giving the players access to real-life stories that inspire their work in social and juvenile justice.