Our new quick-service salad restaurant “Fresh Abilities – Salads Inspired by Porttion” opened within COhatch – The Market in downtown Springfield in 2020! Fresh Abilities allows us to expand the horizon for employment opportunities in the local community and beyond for people with disabilities with a unique, healthy alternative for a quick meal grown and harvested in part from our own hydroponics greenhouse and sourced locally for other ingredients and menu offerings. Fresh salads, soups and smoothies in the heart of Springfield.
The restaurant empowers individuals with disabilities by providing transferable skills and experience which lead to a pathway for future employment in the food service industry and beyond. Our goal is to help those employed at Fresh Abilities gain the skills, experience, and certifications that will enhance their resumes and make them stand apart from others seeking employment within the food service industry. Trainees receive over 110 hours of documented instruction and a graduation certificate. All trainees receive a ServSafe Level 1 certification to help build their resume. The food service industry regularly faces staffing challenges. Fresh Abilities trainees will have the experience and knowledge to help fill those gaps. We hope restaurants will come to us to help them find the qualified staff they are looking for!