The Friendship Café in Providence, Rhode Island, is one of those feel-good stories. The restaurant provides job training in preparing and serving food. The menu features delicious and affordable all-day breakfasts and comfort food lunches. It’s one of several outreach services provided by Amos House, including serving meals to over 2.5 million people in need, providing emergency shelter to more than 500,000 adults and children, training 318 people in their culinary program and 108 in their carpentry program, providing literacy and GED assistance to over 100 adults. My family and I had a great breakfast there this weekend, as you can see in the photo, above. Their motto is “helping people help themselves.”

Today’s word, s’entraider (sehn treday) means “to help one another.” It’s what’s known as a reciprocal verb, that is, the person doing the action is also receiving an action done by another person. lt’s the best kind of service program. I had a great breakfast at a very reasonable price while the employees got food service training and earned a wage. As my daughter says, “It’s all good.” If you’re in Providence, check them out at 500 Broad Street.

About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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