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Over the past 16 years, First Trinity Lutheran Church in Washington, D.C., has trained more than 400 people through its job-training ministry, New Course Restaurant and Catering. Demetra Bullock (center), a trainee, serves customers one morning at the restaurant.


Past experience not necessary Congregations host job-training ministries


By Wendy Healy For the past 16 years, First Trinity Lutheran in


Washington, D.C., a congregation of about 75 to 80 Sunday worshipers, has run a business next door to its building near Judiciary Square. Much more than a place to get an omelet, a sandwich or bowl of soup, New Course Restaurant and Catering is a free job- training ministry that prepares people for positions in the food industry.


“We train poor, low-income and homeless


people to be chefs, kitchen helpers, and to do catering at weddings, bar mitzvahs and corporate events,” said Tom Knoll, who has been the pastor of First Trinity for 35 years. He recalled how the ministry was humbly


founded with grants and loans, growing to almost half-a-million dollars in sales per year by catering


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Photo: Joel Kowsky Photography


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