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SOCIAL ENTERPRISE OF THE WEEK: #5. STREAT
Inspired by working at Vietnamese Social Enterprise KOTO, STREAT’s founders Rebecca and Kate decided in 2008 to trial a street-style cafe in Melbourne. Their inspiration was the incredible quality food provided by hawker stalls in Asia using very basic equipment, which led to their cafés’ integration of dining area with the kitchen. The social enterprise aspect of STREAT is training young people experiencing homelessness in hospitality and helping them to achieve stable lives. Their main program is delivered in two parts and goes for 30 weeks, and provides participants with a Certificate I in Vocational Preparation and a Certificate II in Kitchen Operations. Altogether STREAT has involved 248 young people in their programs, an incredible effort. Another cool thing about STREAT is their loyalty cards; each time a regular user reaches 9 coffees STREAT donates a coffee or free meal to a range of local welfare agencies. Within the next few years STREAT hopes to have 5 different sites in the CBD. Just yesterday they opened their newest café, at RMIT!
Flemington – 307 Racecourse Rd, Flemington
McKillop – 5 McKillop Street, Melbourne
Melbourne Central, Melbourne
RMIT – Building 10, Swanston St, Melbourne