Trainee Spotlight

A personal statement about CCG

This trainee testimony was shared with us by our partners at the Women’s and Children’s Alliance.   “I am so thankful to have been given such a wonderful opportunity to participate in the Create Common Good foodservice job training program. Through my participation in Create Common Good, I have become a […] Read More »

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Good things can come your way

Originally from Baghdad, Aman* found herself on her own in a new country, fleeing an abusive relationship. After making connections to the WCA in Boise, Aman was referred to CCG’s job training program where she quickly excelled. Her drive to learn and succeed set her apart and excited her fellow classmates. While […] Read More »

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New beginnings lead to big dreams

Sherry grew up along the Boise River. As a young girl, she was taken into state care and passed through a variety of programs, creating an unsteady lifestyle. The people surrounding Sherry became a heavy influence on her decision-making and she began a struggle with alcohol addiction. Making her way through […] Read More »

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Meet Roza: MVP on Production

Roza followed her two sisters through the CCG Job Training program after emigrating to the U.S. from Ethiopia in 2013. She graduated the Level 1 class with flying colors and went from shy and quiet around the staff to always smiling and laughing. Following her graduation, she stayed with CCG and completed paid on-the-job-training through the Department […] Read More »

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Meet Martina: Food Production team member

Martina, a member of our food production team, came to the United States fourteen years ago from Mexico’s state of Morelos. After moving to Boise following a few years in Chicago, she and her three children lived in a local shelter, where she enrolled in English courses with the help […] Read More »

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Big Dreams on the Horizon

Sifa, originally from Uganda, came to the US last year with the hope of becoming a nurse. Upon arriving to Boise, Sifa quickly realized the many challenges of raising a family of small children in a new country, speaking a language she barely knew, and searching for employment, all the […] Read More »

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Second Chances

Shawnvaya joined our program with the hope of developing her culinary skills and to find meaningful employment. She quickly became part of the CCG family and gained valuable experience working on the production team. However, Shawnvaya’s life took a turn and she relapsed. At that point, she believed that she […] Read More »

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One, Two, Three, Fou fou!

Treat yourself to a taste of exotic African cuisine – fou fou (foofoo, fufu, ungali, bugali) is a Congolese staple dish eaten at most meals throughout the day. Olivier is a student enrolled in the Level 1 Job Training class at CCG and an avid cook at home. During an […] Read More »

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Hip Hip Hooray for Haji

Keep your eyes peeled at the Boise Farmer’s Market this year for recent CCG graduate, Haji! Originally from Somalia, Haji and his family of seven moved to the U.S. ten years ago as refugees in search of a better life. In his home country, Haji was a chef with a […] Read More »

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