EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute

13101 Shaker Square, Cleveland Oh 44120
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Our mission EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute is a fresh approach at giving formerly incarcerated and underprivileged men & women a foundation in the hospitality industry while providing a support network necessary for a successful reentry. EDWINS goal is to enhance the community of Cleveland’s inner city by provided its future leaders. Our mission is to teach a skill trade in the culinary arts, empower willing minds through passion for the hospitality industry and prepare students for a successful transition into the world of business professionals.

EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute

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Donation Drives

If your business, faith organization, school or community organization would like to hold a donation drive to benefit EDWINS, our most-needed items include:
  • Toiletries (shaving cream, deodorant, shampoo, feminine hygiene products, toothpaste, etc.)
  • Twin-sized sheet sets (new, please)
  • Blankets and comforters (all sizes but new, please)
  • Men’s socks (new, please)
  • Men’s underwear (new, please – all sizes)
  • Silverware (used – but clean – is OK!)
If you’re interested in learning more about how a donation drive will support our mission, please contact Holly Davenport at [email protected]
  • In-Kind Donations
  • Item Collection
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About us EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute is a 501(c)(3) organization. We give formerly incarcerated adults a foundation in the culinary and hospitality industry while providing a support network necessary their long-term success. Our mission three-fold: is to teach a skilled and in-demand trade in the culinary arts, empower willing minds through passion for hospitality management, and prepare students for a successful transition home. EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant was founded in 2007 with the belief that every human being, regardless of their past, has a right to a fair and equal future. In 2011, we started teaching in Grafton Correctional Institution. Shortly thereafter, we opened the restaurant on Nov. 1, 2013. Students are not only equipped with basic culinary skills, but are also assisted with finding employment, and have the opportunity to utilize free housing, legal services, basic medical care, clothing, job coaching, literacy programs and more. In 2016, we opened the EDWINS Second Chance Life Skills Center, a 20,000 square foot campus for living, working and recreational enrichment. Today, between its prison program and restaurant and institute at Shaker Square, EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute graduates nearly 100 students a year. After finishing the program or after release from prison, our graduates have gained employment in Cleveland’s finest restaurants. Our results have been astounding: at least 95% employment after graduation and 1.4% recidivism for our graduates.