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At Teresa Goines’ Old Skool Cafe, dignity and hope are on the menu

Teresa Goines with a recent class of Old Skool Cafe staff. | Photo courtesy of Old Skool Cafe

When Teresa Goines is invited to speak for an audience, she loves sharing the story of how unqualified she was to open Cora Jean’s Old Skool Cafe—a jazz supper club and restaurant training program for at-risk and formerly incarcerated youth in the Bayview. She didn’t have restaurant experience, the backing of a celebrity chef, or lots of money. She hadn’t lived with gangs or mass incarceration and didn’t have a background in business or non-profits. But she had a vision and she refused to let it go.

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