“Our soft opening of the basement dining option has been well received by our customers,” said Jordan. “Customers are able to enjoy artisan style pizza and a wide range of specialty coffees and smoothies. We are grateful to have a safe environment and gathering space for college students to have coffee or a bite of lunch between classes,” she said. “Plus, our goal has always been to fully utilize the basement and three floors of our downtown Beckley building. The café, pizzeria, ice cream and coffee shop, conference and meeting facilities, and Seed Sower’s The Well offices are making full and positive use of the space.”
Jordan has three other training cafes and bakeries – in Rainelle, Alderson and Montgomery – that offer stable, well-paying jobs for people in recovery and nationally certified culinary programming. The Fruits of Labor model was the catalyst for the regional southern West Virginia Communities of Healing recovery to work program that continues to assist employees and employers.
Judy Moore, executive director of the West Virginia Hive and deputy director of the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority (NRGRDA), commended Jordan and Fruits of Labor on their steady growth and job creation. “Tammy’s compassion for others and business acumen have combined to help so many in recovery and to educate employers about this valuable workforce,” said Moore. “Fruits of Labor has been the catalyst, and the Communities of Healing program has exceeded all expectations and made me proud of southern West Virginia for embracing this creative economic model.”
The Communities of Healing program, which was funded in 2020 by the Appalachian Regional Commission, includes a partnership group consisting of Seed Sower, Fruits of Labor, Region 4 Planning and Development Council, Wright Venture Services, Region 1 Workforce Development Board, and the WV Hive.