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Social Emotional Learning Program, Books Save Lives, Now Hiring-Detention Officers, La Castellana Café & Bakery (NOW OPEN!), Walk for Down syndrome, Let’s Talk Health/Holiday Healthy Tips, Senator Gabaldón visits RRHS, Mayor’s Corner-December, Sheriff Hathaway Monthly Round-Up
La Castellana Café & Bakery recently remodeled their facility and added new menu items. Founded in 2008, they have been in business for a decade.SCTP was asked by the State to find jobs for its members and integrate them into their communities. A combination of border issues and high unemployment has complicated the economy in Nogales. As a result, we had difficulty finding jobs for our members in the community. So was born the dream of owning a coffee shop. Additionally, we would be able to teach socialization to our members, increasing their self-esteem.
Nogales residents and those visiting from out of town are able to enjoy a delicious meal prepared by our members with disabilities. We currently serve about 160 orders a week. Mexican food is their specialty, particularly tacos dorados, chilaquiles, and chiles rellenos. The restaurant employs 7 staff members and 13 members.
“As a result, our members have the opportunity to train and practice cooking, baking, and waitressing skills. Furthermore, we would be able to teach socialization to our members, increasing their self-esteem in the process,” said Malena Rodriguez/Employment Services Coordinator.
“Reviews of our little café have been very encouraging, stating that it is cozy, unique, has excellent service, and is filled with delicious authentic Mexican dishes.”
In my role as the Employment Services Coordinator, I supervise the staff and ensure that they are reaching their maximum potential in developing the skills needed for work in this environment. As a cafe that serves the community, Rodriquez says, we are achieving our mission of being integrated into the community.
Special thanks to the great staff and members who have made this dream come true, said Marina Galhouse Program Director for the Santa Cruz Training Programs.
Ma Magdalena Rodriguez – Employment Services Coordinator
Bakery Supervisors: Ana Livier Garcia, Denisse Suarez & Ma Antonieta Yepiz
Bakery Members: Ariana Lizarraga, Angela Hernandez, Diana Beltran, Irma Robles, Marla Leal, Ruth Rivera, Nohemí Lira Yamille Romero
Kitchen Supervisors: Carolina Jimenez, Lucy Martinez, Sylvia Canez,
Kitchen Members: Jesus Duarte, Jon Marc Dibene, Lupita Rios, Meyva Vega
Café supervisor: Alizda Garma
Café Members: Theresa Rivera & Krystal Garcia
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