Employment Social Enterprises

Root NS, Inc.

Root’s social enterprise structure and training program is based on successful models including DC Central Kitchen, FareStart in Seattle, and Liberty’s Kitchen in New Orleans.  Utilizing the culinary arts as a training tool for high-risk populations who have significant barriers to employment is a proven pathway to stable employment and self-sufficiency.

Root’s Self-Supporting Model

Through Root’s social enterprise model, we operate several lines of food service-based businesses out of our Salem facilities. These provide a training environment for the students and also generate revenue to support our mission.

These include:

  • The Root Café: The Root Café offers fresh, delicious, made-from-scratch breakfast and lunch items, smoothies, pastries, desserts, specialty coffees and espresso beverages. Ingredients are primarily locally-sourced and organic.

  • Catering by Root: In our spectacular event space, your home or office, Catering By Root offers delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners for social events, corporate gatherings and private parties.

  • HarborPoint at Root: This new 2,200 square foot special event site features unique, multi-faceted and flexible event space, a convenient downtown location with beautiful views of Salem Harbor, and abundant parking.


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