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Refire Culinary Program gives convicted felons a second start

Posted: 6:28 AM, May 16, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-16 06:35:19Z
Refire Culinary Program gives convicted felons a second start
Refire Culinary Program gives convicted felons a second start

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Wednesday night three men in Tallahassee will get a second chance. It’s their graduation.

WTXL's Jada Williams reported from the Leon County Detention Center about how the Refire Culinary Program is changing lives.

Every participant at Refire has seen the inside of a jail or prison and now they can all say they're skilled in the kitchen.

Refire is a kitchen term meaning to start over, remake or correct a mistake. And that's what the program is doing for its students.

Rebecca Manders-Kelly began the program to help convicted felons receive skills, a second start that she herself was once also in need of.

The program opened last October, and since then 10 graduates have moved through.

Only one has ended up back in trouble, while the rest are thriving in the culinary world right here in Tallahassee.

Wedneday night, three more people can be added to their list of accomplishments.

The graduation is Wednesday at Mission San Luis from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.