This restaurant gives refugees a chance at a new life

This restaurant gives refugees a chance at a new life

Food is, of course, sustenance. But one local restaurant has shown it can also give immigrants a shot at a new life.

Emma’s Torch, a new eatery in Carroll Gardens, not only serves dinner six nights a week and brunch on the weekend, it also trains refugees in its kitchen and helps them find work.

“It kept on ringing in my head this idea that food can really be used to create bridges … to do so much more than just feed people,” says Kerry Brodie, 28, who started Emma’s Torch as a pop-up in Red Hook last summer, then re-opened it in May at a permanent location on Smith Street.

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How Shervin Lainez Started a Career In #Music #Photography — With No Training

Since moving to New York City from Washington D.C. in 2010, Shervin Lainez hasn’t stopped grinding. As one of the most in-demand portrait photographers for musicians, Lainez’s work has been featured in Apple ad campaigns and on albums by Ingrid Michaelson, Sara Bareilles and Emily King. He has shot everyone from Courtney Love to Walk the Moon, and continues to dedicate his time to giving musicians the best possible portraits for their projects.

Billboard recently sat down with him as he reflected on the past eight years in New York with no formal photography training, and how female singer-songwriters turned his world upside down.

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Art Studio Helps Adults With Disabilities Turn Their Passion Into A Career | KASU

“I’m trying to let people know who we are,” Tiller said as she flipped through her illustrations. “We’re humans; we’re like anybody else.”

But all this takes money. Art Enables (and programs like it across the country) aren’t free to run. While artists do draw revenue from their work, there is a fee to participate in the program.

Healthcare is more then doctors & medicine.
What is the “cost”, financial & otherwise, if we don’t find a way to keep programs like this?
I struggle wanting the government to fund them but knowing they always under-fund, and wanting the government to say “no more” so regular people will know these programs will die if they don’t support them.
If supported by their community & fundraisers, would they raise more money? Or would we ignore them and instead favor our baubles we purchase over supporting ideas like this? I don’t have the answers, I don’t even know if I’m asking the correct questions. I only know that I hate to see programs & ideas die that are actually helping people.
I’m always asking people to look for creative solutions and many are doing just that. Unfortunately, everything cost money and while we all claim to want what’s best for each other, are we willing to support ideas for that purpose?
I don’t like relying of government because I feel they often misappropriate any funds designated for these programs, are victims of fraud and stuff everything with pork. But I don’t know if we can rely on the public to do it on their own.
I wish I had answers. Anyway, this is a lovely program and a great idea. I hope it continues.


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