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. The Café stands on patrons and volunteers alone. Over half of the Café’s employees are unpaid and, with our patrons, assist an organization that believes in the bright futures of all persons.
Training for Accomplishment
Since 2004, Positive Vibe Café has trained over 1500 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 a 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.
Positive Vibe Foundation Training Board 2020
Craig Fabian, Disability Advocate, Chair
Garth Larcen, Executive Director
Melanie Hewes, Treasurer, CPA
Beth Conner, Training Consultant
Anna Delandro, Bank of America
Gordon Macgill, Faison
Matt Reinaker, Attorney at Law, Asurest
Caroline Snell, Virginia commonwealth University
Renee Bullano, Training Consultant
Brad Crosby, Restaurant Consultant
Elizabeth Rawls, Bank of America