Positive Vibe Café was founded in 2002 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization by the Positive Vibe Foundation (formerly the Get Lost MD Foundation). Unchanged today, the Foundation and Café provide hands-on training and meaningful employment in food services to individuals with physical and developmental disabilities. While we have had some changes, and the cafe will be under new ownership (Natalie’s Taste of Lebanon), we will still stand firm in our commitment to serving our community.

Training for Accomplishment

Since 2004, Positive Vibe Café has trained over 1600 students, all with scholarships. The training program aims to prepare students for the work world and includes basic food service, hospitality, and grocery skills; it is hands-on, builds self-confidence, and readies students for real-world employment. Graduates of our training program also acquire skills in cleaning and sanitizing, proper use of kitchen utensils, food safety, commercial dishwashing, communication in the workplace, interviewing, and job seeking. The program typically lasts four weeks and culminates with a graduation ceremony. Each graduate, in the end, is prepared for job seeking, interviewing, and working in the foodservice industry. Kathy Schuler is our Training Director, and you can reach her for more information via the link below.

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 Michele Jones, Executive Director

Garth Larcen, Co-Chair

Gordon Macgill, Faison, Co-Chair

Melanie Hewes, Treasurer, CPA

Beth Conner, Training Consultant

Anna Delandro, Bank of America

Renee Bullano, Training Consultant

Linda Warren, Board Member

Leah Smalls, Public Relations

Kim McLeod, Attorney Hunton Williams

Will Fitzhugh, Attorney

Allyson Sladic, Attorney

Matthew Reinacker, Esq.






2837 Hathaway Road, Richmond, VA