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Buzzing with energy, this month’s Sunday Supper at Café Momentum included a new addition that was hard to miss. The bright blue and pink food truck parked in front of the downtown restaurant signaled to guests that expansion was in the works.

Chad Houser, Founder, CEO, and Executive Chef of Café Momentum took to the stage during a family-style dinner of North Carolina whole hog barbecue to announce that Ruthie’s Rolling Café will be the newest externship opportunity for students graduating from the Café Momentum program. For Chad, the opportunity for his graduates to work in a mission-focused business like Ruthie’s is speaking belief and confidence over students who have left the juvenile justice system with little of either.

Thanking the crowd, he said, “You’re telling them you believe in them, and you’re giving them confidence. The juvenile justice industry term to describe population we work with is ‘throwaway.’ That’s the term they use to describe children. For them, it’s a name they wear on their chest. Every day. This is who I am, not who I want to be, but who I’ve been told I am. But when you show up here tonight, they begin to build confidence, and they begin to re-image who they are and begin to define who they truly are in life.”

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