Carroll’s Kitchen

Dusabe Ngirazapou, right, and Teresa McNair choose a leaf from a box of Nanues Farm’s boutique lettuce at Carroll’s Kitchen in downtown Raleigh, NC on June 25, 2020. Ngirazapou lived her entire life in a refugee camp in the Congo before coming to America where she is learning job skills to help her succeed in her new home.
Vicky Ismail, right, demonstrates how to section a pineapple as Teresa McNair observes at Carroll’s Kitchen in downtown Raleigh, NC on June 25, 2020. “This is a healthy environment,” says Ismail, “If you’re going to fail, fail here. This is a safe place to fail.”
Nicole Latorre prepares to cook ears of corn for a catering order for Vintage Church at Carroll’s Kitchen in downtown Raleigh, NC on June 25, 2020. Carroll’s Kitchen has been working with Vintage Church to help feed 37 families every week.
Alejandra Gonzalez takes a customer’s order at Carroll’s Kitchen in downtown Raleigh, NC on June 25, 2020. “This is my best job ever,” says Gonzalez who worked her way up to Front of House Manager where she has learned additional skills while interacting with the restaurant’s downtown regulars.
Alejandra Gonzalez inserts bread and cheese into the oven to melt at Carroll’s Kitchen in downtown Raleigh, NC on June 25, 2020. Carroll’s Kitchen often works with other local businesses – the bread pictured comes from the Union Special bakeshop in Raleigh.
Fresh peaches sit on a counter at Carroll’s Kitchen in downtown Raleigh, NC on June 25, 2020. The fruit will be the primary ingredient in the restaurant’s popular peaches ‘n cream kolaches.
Vicky Ismail, co-founder, helps prepare fruit cups for a catering order at Carroll’s Kitchen in downtown Raleigh, NC on June 25, 2020. The signs behind her speak to core values of the restaurant and its mission to create employment for women overcoming crisis.

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Photo Credit: Bisi Cameron Yee and Activate Good’s ‘Look for the Helpers’ Photojournalism Project (See the entire collection at ActivateGood.org/Helpers)

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