Helping Women Succeed Through Training in Food Service


  New Leaf Bakery Cafe

New Leaf Bakery Cafe is a unique job training program that blends education, hands-on work experience, and supportive services designed to help low-income women gain the self-confidence and professional skills necessary for self-sufficiency.

New Leaf Bakery Cafe is one of many organizations working to create a healthier Spokane community. As a social enterprise we are interested in offering a socially just service to those who participate in the program while offering a quality experience for those who access our end services' New Leaf Catering and New Leaf Cafe. The job training program is offered free of cost to women in the Spokane area who have been struggling to find employment and would benefit from food service training. During the six month program women learn food service and baking skills as well as job readiness skills and support. The core values of respect for human dignity, community, justice, and growth are present in all of Transitions programs and are of utmost importance at New Leaf. There are three main components of the New Leaf program the kitchen where the women make all of the food and baked goods, the cafe and catering service where the food is sold, and the community garden.

Program Components:

  • Hands-on food service training supervised by a professional chef instructor
  • Food preparation and presentation
  • Nutrition education
  • Front of the house training
  • Interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • Soft skills classes
  • Communication and conflict resolution practice
  • Employment support
  • Resume writing, job search, and interview preparedness

How You Can Be Involved:

We invite you to partner with us to help grow this community asset for Spokane.

  • Eat at the New Leaf Cafe, located at 5th Ave and Division inside Catholic Charities
  • Choose New Leaf Catering for your next party or meeting
  • Employ our graduates
  • Offer a New Leaf trainee an internship
  • Refer potential women to the program
  • Offer in-kind donations to support the kitchen
  • Sign up to receive our monthly newsletter here
  • Become a Transitions donor 


Wish List:

Donations may be dropped off at the kiosk at Catholic Charities on 5th & Division, Mondays through Thursdays until 2pm or at Transitions Administrative Offices in the SNAP building at 3104 W Fort George Wright Dr, Spokane, WA 99224 on weekdays from 8am to 4pm.View our wish list here. Thank you!

For More Information: 

If you are interested in adding your business to our potential employer list please contact Jamie Borgan, Program Director, at (509) 496-0396 or email .