At Helpings Café and Catering, you will find specialty coffee, freshly baked pastries, and delicious breakfast and lunch items prepared in-house by our talented team.
More than just a café, Helpings is a social enterprise and subsidiary of UMOM New Day Centers. Our mission is to strengthen our community and make a social impact through our delicious, handcrafted food. Every purchase goes right back into our programs and services to help UMOM clients find jobs and an affordable place to live.
Your coffee, breakfast, or catered team lunch helps restore hope, rebuild lives, and end homelessness for families and single women in our community.
Fresh, Handcrafted, and Innovative
UMOM’S Social Enterprise Team is led by certified executive corporate award-winning Chef Edwin Donnovan J. and includes the creativity of Chef Dora Lira and gifted Pastry Chef Chris Consiglio.
This talented team has a combined 75+ years of experience with an emphasis on creating memorable food through mindful use of fresh ingredients and made-from-scratch delicious dishes that can be enjoyed in our cafe or catered to your location.
Learn more about how our catering services are customized to meet your needs and exceed your expectations.
UMOM’s Homegrown Program is the magical connection between hope and opportunity.
This six-week curriculum, adopted by the Catalyst Kitchens program model, consists of barista, cashier, customer service, and culinary training. The 120-hour program trains and exposes students to real-life, hands-on experiences at Helpings Café in a controlled, productive, and fun environment. They learn to take orders, use a point-of-sale system, make Starbucks drinks, make food, and serve customers.
Upon completing the Homegrown Program, a graduation celebration occurs in which students showcase the skills acquired through their training. In addition, students receive a food handler certification and attend a job readiness workshop.
The Homegrown Training program provides a skillset that leads to employment and stable income, putting a home within reach.
a Better Future
Meet Kate. Kate is a single mother of two. She had been in a domestic violence relationship for 20 years, and
when she finally found the courage to leave, it was in the middle of the night. She and the kids left with nothing but the clothes on their backs. With no money and no place to go, Kate and the
kids were forced to sleep on cardboard boxes in the bushes until they eventually found UMOM and the hope and healing they needed. Kate has once again returned to UMOM, but this time as an employee – a cook in the kitchen. Kate shared it means so much to her to be able to give back and serve people who are in similar situations she faced a few years ago. We’re thrilled to have Kate on the team; she’s hardworking, passionate about our mission, and an incredible testimony of how the programs and services change lives.
3333 E. Van Buren Street
Phoenix, AZ 85008 www.helpingscafe.org
Monday – Friday: 7am – 3pm
Saturday – Sunday: Closed