States Diner

STATES DINER – Culinary School Program

About the program

States Diner is a culinary school program for the orphans aging out of private and government foster care centers in El Salvador or government education support programs. The culinary school program is a combination of three projects: a restaurant called States Diner, a bakery called States Bakes and a cafeteria called States Diner Café.

Located in the middle of the city of San Salvador, States Diner is a 60’s to 70’s north American style restaurant, a family friendly environment with a delicious menu. We make our own bread and desserts for the diner and café locations in the States Bakes bakery, we also bake special bread for other local restaurants and we also offer pastries to customer that visit us at the bakery. We also have two Cafes locations in Parque Cuscatlán, it is a beautiful public park located near downtown and is a nice place to go with family and friends and our menu is hotdogs, nachos, popcorn, wraps and more.

How does it work

The age of majority in El Salvador is eighteen years old and when a boy or girl turns eighteen In an government orphanage are released, regardless if they have a place to go or not and because of their level of education the boys and girls don’t always get a job. Some kids are moved from one center or another due to different reasons like behavior, abuse, medical conditions, disabilities, etc. These moves between centers tend to interrupt their education progress, they sometimes stop studying for an entire year because of this. We have had cases of boys and girls with low education, ranging from 2nd grade to high school and some even lower than that and most formal jobs in El Salvador require at least High School diploma. These young adults are at great risk of becoming homeless, involved in gangs, start using drugs or involved in prostitution.

The culinary school program consists of a two-year job opportunity across all three projects for the young adults. The program is based in trust, loyalty and responsibility. We have different areas on which they can develop skills, knowledge and experience. Management, Kitchen (Preparation), Wait Staff (Customer Service). They can start doing simple tasks like sweeping, washing dishes or maybe just opening the door to greet the customers but eventually they’ll grow into different positions that will teach them new skills for a future job after they leave the program.

We partner with many government organizations and NGOs such as CONNA, USAID, Cambia Tu Vida (Government educational program for sexually abused minors), NGO Éxodo, etc. We also include our Transition Homes to work in the program. These organizations and NGOs share all the needed information about the young adult to which we first set up an interview to know their basic story, to check about what abilities they have and to explain what the Culinary School Program is. Once they have been interviewed, we employ them in any of our projects, depending on their skills, our open job positions, experience they have and other aspects.

We have to train some of them from scratch, they start in basic positions like in the kitchen area (preparation for the bakery), laundry or wait staff (customer service for bakery and cafeterias). This allows them to start understanding how each project works, we give them a 30-day trial period on the project they were assigned to which after they start as a full-time employee.

After a young adult has been for two years in the program we review their performance as an employee and talk with them about their strengths and weaknesses, we give them a culinary school diploma and refer them to others restaurants so they can start working in other places.

If a young adult in the program has exceeded expectations and has shown respect, responsibility, proactiveness and capabilities to become a leader then we would offer the young adult a management position so they can stay in the program as a permanent employee. In some cases, we would also keep other good employees working in the program after their two-year period.

STATES DINER HISTORY

Sus Hijos / His Children Foundation opened the States Diner first location in El Salvador. Located in “Paseo General Escalón 4014, Col. Escalón, San Salvador.” This school-restaurant allowed us to provide job opportunities for young adults coming from government and private orphanages, centers, prisons and educational programs for children and youth.

2014

Sus Hijos / His Children Foundation opened the States Diner first location in El Salvador. Located in “Paseo General Escalón 4014, Col. Escalón, San Salvador.” This school-restaurant allowed us to provide job opportunities for young adults coming from government and private orphanages, centers, prisons and educational programs for children and youth.

2014

States Bakes started operating. It was just a small area in our restaurant where we started baking our own bread for our burgers, hot dogs, etc. The restaurant began having a more consistent flavor across the menu, we also started providing custom-ordered bread for other local businesses that knew about our culinary program.

2017

States Bakes started operating. It was just a small area in our restaurant where we started baking our own bread for our burgers, hot dogs, etc. The restaurant began having a more consistent flavor across the menu, we also started providing custom-ordered bread for other local businesses that knew about our culinary program.

2017

States Diner Café opened two locations in Parque Cuscatlán, with the help of USAID, the embassy of the United States in El Salvador and The Howard G. Buffett Foundation the park went through a remodeling of over 20 million dollars. We were granted the exclusivity the park to be the only cafeteria, these locations are great for our program. We don’t pay utilities or water for these cafeterias and they generate a good income for the program sustainability.

2019

States Diner Café opened two locations in Parque Cuscatlán, with the help of USAID, the embassy of the United States in El Salvador and The Howard G. Buffett Foundation the park went through a remodeling of over 20 million dollars. We were granted the exclusivity the park to be the only cafeteria, these locations are great for our program. We don’t pay utilities or water for these cafeterias and they generate a good income for the program sustainability.

2019

we moved our project States Diner to an almost new two-story building that has an upgraded electrical system, twice the parking spaces, a cold room, located just one block away from our old location but with so much more exposure to the public. We’re truly blessed to be in this new location, but the one problem was that we could not move the bakery to the new location. But God had so much more in store for us, we had to move the States Bakes bakery and now it has its own location for the first time. This has been an improvement to the bakery project and now we are expecting to open a third shift soon that will help us offer more jobs to young adults.

2020

we moved our project States Diner to an almost new two-story building that has an upgraded electrical system, twice the parking spaces, a cold room, located just one block away from our old location but with so much more exposure to the public. We’re truly blessed to be in this new location, but the one problem was that we could not move the bakery to the new location. But God had so much more in store for us, we had to move the States Bakes bakery and now it has its own location for the first time. This has been an improvement to the bakery project and now we are expecting to open a third shift soon that will help us offer more jobs to young adults.

2020

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Bible Study

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Transition Homes

The project began in 2012, as one of the projects for Sus Hijos / His Children Foundation, supporting young adults and teenagers from both public and private children protection centers across El Salvador. When these teenagers turn eighteen, they are required to leave the centers where they have been most of their lives, forcing them into independence and a reality very different from what they are used to.

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We build house thanks to the donations we receive from our donors, which God has always used to bless these lives.

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Cosmetology School

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Mission Trips

Come serve with us, we work for the Lord, we work for His Children. We take short- and long-term missioners, sometimes is a team from a Church, School or just a group of friends. You’ll serve along Sus Hijos / His Children Foundation staff and help us with the orphans, communities and our programs in El Salvador. We can help you come and set up a budget or maybe even help you on a fundraiser for your mission trip.

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Events

Our foundation prepares different events during the whole year, one day we would be making animal balloons with the kids or another day we would be all dressing up to celebrate a special moment. While most of these events are for the orphans in the centers, we would also have special celebrations for specific times of the year where we would have the States Diner restaurant prepare something special for its customers.

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Culinary Program

This is our biggest program so far, is a culinary school which includes States Diner restaurant, States Bakes Bakery, States Cafe Cafeteria that allow us to provide a job and most of the times a first job experience for these young boys and girls between the ages of 18 to 22 at risk who aged out of ISNA care (government institution) that are interested in culinary skills.

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Bible Study
Centers we minister in
Transition Homes
House Building
Feeding the Homeless
Cosmetology School
Mission Trips
Events
Culinary Program

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