The recovery homes were succeeding as havens, but the Sengs and the organization kept running into one frustrating problem: They could not find these individuals jobs. Seed, a for-profit restaurant, was created to provide flexible jobs in the community.The restaurant -- which serves healthy, locally sourced meals -- is staffed by former convicts and prostitutes and victims of domestic violence, human trafficking and other societal or physical challenges.
"I want those women to know there’s hope," she said. There are people out there that really want to help and you’ve got to have faith and try to believe.
(CNN) — Chicago’s historic Pullman District, a World War II internment camp and a section of Colorado’s upper Arkansas River Valley will become the nation’s newest national monuments this week, a White House official told CNN.
She started working on the streets of New York City at the age of 14, after her mother committed suicide.
When she was 18, she heard that clients were a lot less violent in Hawaii, so she hopped on a plane and moved to Waikiki.
Seed's walls were once lined with all the drawings that kids left behind, addressed to Grandma Mary. "Either they'll succeed here, or they'll succeed well enough to get a job elsewhere," he added.
As the restaurant approaches its one year anniversary and prepares to close for renovations and fundraising, he hopes they can improve that number.
Since 1906, presidents have used the act to protect other historic and natural sites across the country, including the Grand Canyon and the Statue of Liberty.
Pullman National Monument, Illinois America’s first planned industrial town, the 203-acre site within the present-day city of Chicago has factories and buildings from the Pullman Palace Car Co., a railway car company dating to 1867. A majority white work force constructed the famous railway cars, while a mostly black work force from the ranks of former slaves worked in service positions on the cars.
She wanted them to see that there are people in the world who won't judge them.
"I wanted to let these girls know that there are options," she said.
"That if grandma can do it, they can too." 'I Never Thought I'd Be This Person I Am Now' Nelson has been known to remind her fellow staffers that what she makes in a month at Seed, she used to make in one night on the streets. "I never thought that I'd be in Hawaii and be this person I am now." Nelson still lives in an apartment in Waikiki above the busy streets where she worked for more than 30 years.