The Restaurants Care grants are already making an impact. Help us do more. Get your tickets for The Grateful Table to make more grants possible. This is an evening for our industry to unite and raise funds for restaurant workers facing unforeseen hardships. Please join us on September 9. Learn more about The Grateful Table, our guest chefs, and more at: www.calrestfoundation.org/gratefultable.
Becoming a new mom is both joyful and terrifying. Irene first experienced this 25 years ago when she welcomed her son, and four years later her daughter, into the world. She went through it all – first steps, little league and graduations. She assumed that chapter of her life was over and she was enjoying her career as a manager at BJ’s Restaurants. Irene’s world turned upside down when she had to take in her sister’s newborn baby, Suehay, who has serious health complications. Irene was a new mom all over again. Irene struggled to balance Suehay’s mounting medical bills, daycare costs, rent and her full-time job. Restaurants Care covered two months of daycare, alleviating the incredible financial pressure on Irene and allowing her to focus on being a loving mom to three-month old Suehay.
Franklin Jr., age 15, was at a friend’s house when bullets started flying into the area where he was sleeping. A bullet struck him in the head. Franklin Jr. was rushed to County USC Medical Center and not expected to survive. His dad, Franklin Sr., held vigil at his son’s hospital bed for two weeks. His son stabilized but the extent of his injury is still unknown. Franklin Sr. works as a cook at two restaurants and has three children: a 17-year-old daughter, 15-year-old Franklin Jr., and a 9-year-old little girl. During this chaotic time, Franklin Sr. was unable to work and the bills piled up. Restaurants Care provided an emergency grant to keep his family afloat while they took care of Franklin Jr.
A horrific accident shook Gabriel’s world to its core. His wife and two young daughters were in the car when the accident happened. His wife did not survive. Gabriel, an employee at Casa de Reyes for over seven years, needed time off work to grieve, make funeral arrangements, and care for his two daughters who were injured in the accident. Through Restaurants Care, the restaurant community came together to provide financial support for Gabriel and his daughters during their darkest hour.
A fire tore through Danielle’s home in late May. Fortunately, Danielle, her husband and their two daughters were not injured. The house was a total loss – everything they owned was gone and their dogs suffered severe burns. Danielle took time off work at the Monk’s Cellar to transition her family to their a 400-foot temporary housing unit. Restaurants Care provided emergency assistance allowing Danielle to purchase critically need items for her family such as food and clothes and help cover the veterinary expenses for their dogs.
Juan woke up on the morning of March 7 and could not feel his left arm. The sudden loss of mobility and sensation in his arm was devastating and frightening. Juan has been a dishwasher at Tender Greens since 2011. Due to this unexpected medical issue, however, he was unable to work and the medical bills started pouring in. One unforeseen incident can be the difference between stability and a downward financial spiral. A grant from Restaurants Care helped cover his expenses while he was out of work. After several months of therapy and rehabilitation, Juan is back in action! He regained strength in his arm and is back to work, keeping the restaurant humming.
California is home to more than 90,000 eating and drinking places that ring up more than $72 billion in sales and employ more than 1.6 million workers, making restaurants an indisputable driving force in the state’s economy. The California Restaurant Association Foundation is a non-profit that empowers and invests in California's current and future restaurant workforce. Founded in 1981, CRAF supports the restaurant community through emergency assistance grants for restaurant workers facing a hardship, job and life skills training for 9,000 high school students each year, and scholarships.
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