The immigrants served by La Cocina face multiple challenges, including language barriers, limited education, and poverty. Serving 30 clients each year (95% are women), La Cocina uses a comprehensive approach to get them on the path to self-sufficiency. Its 17-week culinary arts program offers bilingual training in food service and hospitality, complemented by English classes designed to improve workplace communication and performance. The course culminates in culinary and food-safety certifications from Northern Virginia Community College Workforce Development and the National Restaurant Association. Life skills and job-readiness training empower students to build a financially secure future; paid internships and job placement assistance help them find meaningful full-time work. And the community benefits as well: healthy meals prepared by the students are donated daily to 300 neighbors in need. What’s next? Expanding to serve refugees and veterans, and launching a catering branch and small business incubator. Be the catalyst.