Apr 14, 201101:21 PMBlog

Kona Kai Coffee receives national recognition for community service

Apr 14, 2011 - 01:21 PM
Kona Kai Coffee Co. has received the 2011 Restaurant Neighbor Award from the National Restaurant Association.

The Kent-based company was recognized as the Small Business Category winner for helping the homeless and disenfranchised re-enter society and the work force. The program is the brainchild of Mychal Boiser, Kona Kai's owner-operator. Boiser said he was compelled to start the program, which takes six to eight weeks to complete, to offer hope to others and pay back some of the kindness he'd received in his youth when he, himself, had been homeless.

The program teaches on-the-job training in the foodservice industry as well as life skills, including tips on customer service, leadership and responsibility, taking direction from others, accepting feedback from supervisors and how to work with a team.

At the end of the course, the company helps participants find employment. So far, Boiser has raised more than $13,000 through private donations and fundraisers to keep the program running.


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