by Cody Maggi, Social Venture Program Coordinator
In April 2016, Kamill Turner-Rosario joined Catholic Charities Culinary Arts for Self-Sufficiency Training Program. She came to us unsure of the path ahead of her, but eager to start the journey.
During the program she was encouraged to explore different career and education pathways. “The staff pushed me and rooted me on,” said Kamill. She gained the confidence to dive into her next big step, attending community college.
“I never thought I would want to go to college; this program inspired me and lit the torch under me to be more brave and continue my journey.” The program also helped her address other skills such as resume building. “I didn’t know how to make a resume or compose an email. Having guidance in this department helped me succeed. No matter what I needed, I had support.”
After working at Movie Tavern for the summer to save money, Kamill started the Baking & Pastry Arts Program at Niagara Community College. She felt that the Catholic Charities program helped build a foundation for her college classes. “I realized in my classes that having my ServSafe Food Handlers Certification already put me ahead of the game, because I had already learned that safety and health is the most important part.”
As of May 2017, Kamill has successfully completed her first year of college. We were excited to have her return to her old classroom to teach the current culinary arts students a lesson in baking. Kamill also shared her path, experience, and provided encouragement to the students. “I love people and love helping people. Teaching the culinary class showed me how far I’ve come and opened my eyes to the idea of teaching.”
We are proud of Kamill and can’t wait to see what the future has in store for her!