A new inspirational docu-series, The Hero Effect, is airing on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) with an episode highlighting a United Way-supported restaurant and culinary training facility that provides a positive environment for teens recently released from juvenile detention.
Presented by United Way and produced by Dolphin Entertainment, The Hero Effect is an uplifting docu-series that brings to life the stories of ordinary individuals who are making extraordinary differences in their communities. The ten-episode original series brings audiences real-life stories that build on United Way’s credo to fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community.
Chef Chad Houser created Café Momentum, a restaurant and training platform to provide post-release paid internships to at-risk youth who have spent time in juvenile facilities. The program helps equip employees with job and life skills mentoring, including leadership, social, vocational, financial, parenting and anger management skills. Café Momentum was created through GroundFloor, a social incubator housed by United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.
Café Momentum will appear on The Hero Effect on Saturday, December 10 at 10:00 am EST.
“The kids that we work with have been paved a path to jail. Without someone paving a new path, giving them a new map and saying ‘I believe in you, I love you, I will help you’, their chances of success are very small,” said Houser. “Our mission is to help transform these kids’ lives so they can achieve their full potential at the end of the 12-month internship. These same young men and women, who were once referred to as throw-aways, are now employed, tax-paying, fully contributing members of society.”
We love the idea that stories like this one will be featured on a national stage like this. In fact, we are inspired to help to do our own part here - sharing even more stories about our own local heroes. Stay tuned - that's coming up on our blog in 2017.
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