After rebellious behavior led to her incarceration at age 16, Latepa decided she wanted better for herself. She was released early due to good behavior but lack of options made it difficult to stay on a positive path. In 2014, she found Inspiration Corporation, enrolled in our Foodservice Training Program, and later found employment at Inspiration Kitchens and University Center. Click here to read the rest of Latepa’s story.
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A North Side restaurant employing people grappling with homelessness closed its doors for good on Sunday
Inspiration Kitchens located on Chicago's Westside, in Garfield Park, is a full service dining facility that serves contemporary American food.
Inspiration Corporation gives ex-felons, the homeless, and unemployed people the chance to learn the necessary skills to pursue a career in the culinary arts.
The owners of Inspiration Kitchens in Uptown have announced that they're closing on July 31. The restaurant is backed by Inspiration Corp., a charity that provides social services to the poor.
The The Suburban Chapter of Impact 100 Chicago, a philanthropic women's organization, awarded two transformational $100,000 Impact Grants and two $5,000 Merit Grants to Chicago-area nonprofits at its annual Grant Award Celebration held at Arlington Park in Arlington Heights on June 7.
Inspiration Corporation was honored to be invited to participate in the launch of this community investment program led by Benefit Chicago, a collaboration between the MacArthur Foundation, Chicago Community Trust and the Calvert Foundation.
American Institute of Architect (AIA) Chicago’s Zurich Esposito interviewed Chris-Annmarie Spencer for Chicago Architect at Inspiration Kitchens – Garfield Park. A project architect with Wheeler Kearns, Spencer was project architect for our 80-seat social enterprise restaurant and training facility.
Inspiration Corporation was honored to be selected as one of Chicago magazine's 20 standout nonprofits to support. Foodservice Training graduate, Latepa Long, was profiled for her new role at University Center.
Molly Sprayregen reviews her experience at Inspiration Kitchens - Uptown for General Growth Property's retail industry trade blog.
Tania Pacheco reviews the food and service at Inspiration Kitchens in East Garfield Park and Uptown.
Ryan and Ji from Windy City Live interviewed Caesarei Marsh and Evan Johnson at Inspiration Corporation to talk about his inspiring personal story and the work being done by the agency.
Fox 32 News
Every Monday, Jake Hamilton shows us some of the great spots Chicago's neighborhoods have to offer! This week, Jake took a trip to Garfield Park!
ABC's national talkshow profiled Samara Hightower who trained and now works at Inspiration Kitchens - Garfield Park.
Lux & Concord
Kaleigh Glaza of the daily women's lifestyle site profiled our Chef Training Manager, Sharon Ako, to highlight her contributions to the City of Chicago.
Chicago's Best TV
Chicago's Best visited Inspiration Kitchens - Garfield Park to interview program graduate and superstar, Arnold, who brought his skills from the Foodservice Training program to his work at the Green Tomato Cafe.
Slowly but surely the U.S. economy is generating jobs again, which could be great news for Remicko George and his lemon poppy-seed muffins.
One Inspired Evening fundraiser highlights.
Anna never thought a job could be the path toward personal fulfillment.
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
General Council and Board Member, John Sapiro, talks about his experience with Inspiration Corporation.
Time Out Chicago
Classic Dixie dishes are popping up all over Chicago.
Dedicated volunteers come out to support Inspiration Cafe during the holidays.
Inspiration Corporation is honored to be chosen as one of Chicago Magazine's top 15 gold standard charities.
November 30, 2012
We were honored to see this profile of Inspiration Cafe with thoughts from Executive Director & CEO, Shannon Stewart, in Today's Chicago Woman.
Time Out Chicago
November 22-28, 2012
Time Out Chicago featured Inspiration Kitchens - Garfield Park in this piece on four social enterprise cafes in Chicago that promote social welfare.
July 19, 2012
Our very own case manager Michael Webb was interviewed by CBS2 Chicago about the effect that the summer drought had on the community garden at Inspiration Kitchens - Garfield Park.
Inspiration Kitchens - Garfield Park and Wheeler Kearns Architects are featured in this issue of Green Building & Design (gb&d) magazine.
Chicago Reader, Best of Chicago 2012
June 20, 2012
After an exhaustive search of Chicago, Inspiration Kitchens - Garfield Park was voted Best Place to Eat Fried Green Tomatoes.
MATA Traders blog/website
March 28, 2012
MATA Traders chose Inspiration Corporation as their April 2012 Charity of the Month and official "Coolest Place To Volunteer".
February 4, 2012
The Chicago Tribune profiles the programs, students and food at Inspiration Kitchens - Garfield Park in its first year of operation.
February 3, 2012
An interview with Inspiration Corporation’s founder, Lisa Nigro.
January 25, 2012
The Chicago Tribune offers a pictoral profile of an Inspiration Kitchens class.
December 20, 2011
Wilco’s December show at Lincoln Hall benefited Inspiration Corporation, raising over $63,000 in support of homeless and low-income Chicagoans.
September 16, 2011
Chicago Cause, a partnership of four Chicago-based media companies, selected Inspiration Corporation to receive more than $32,000 worth of web design; video production services; social media training; email marketing and public relations consulting. The program was spearheaded by Orbit Media Studios, in partnership with Lightspan Digital, ShiftFocus Productions and Flanigan Communications, Inc.
LISC/Chicago’s New Community Programs
August 6, 2010
An early profile of Inspiration Kitchens - Garfield Park soon after ground breaking, and a discussion of how the restaurant would come to impact life in East Garfield Park.