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Offensive lineman Zach Banner and former defensive back and current judge Honorable Dwayne Woodruff recently took part in the Café Momentum Virtual Dinner: Growing Opportunity. The Steelers partnered with the Players Coalition and Café Momentum for the dinner conversation, and yes everyone on the panel did enjoy dinner from home as they shared in depth […]

Transforming Lives and Creating Opportunity for At-Risk Youth

A Conversation with Chad Houser, Founder, CEO, and Executive Chef at Café Momentum Chef Chad Houser came to a sudden realization: Not everyone has equal access to the American dream. He evolved his dream to create Café Momentum, which works to provide opportunity and break cycles of poverty. Chad Houser (center) with participants from the […]

Cafe Momentum Partners with Another Nonprofit to Expand its Reach

Café Momentum is expanding its efforts to help young people who have been caught up in the criminal justice system. The Dallas-based nonprofit/restaurant is partnering with Stand Together Foundation to launch Momentum Advisory Co. Stand Together has invested $1.9 million to support the effort, which will build programs to expand opportunities for youths. Read the full article here via […]

Café Momentum Takes Culinary Program for Juvenile Offenders National

Café Momentum, the acclaimed culinary training program started by Dallas Chef Chad Houser to teach juvenile offenders a trade, is going national. Stand Together Foundation invested $1.9 million to help launch Momentum Advisory Co. (M.A.C.), taking Café Momentum’s nonprofit restaurant model nationwide. M.A.C. programs will “expand opportunity and enable system-involved youth to reach their full […]

Cafe Momentum Takes Mission Nationwide

Despite the pandemic, one North Texas restaurant is building momentum. It has a unique concept known for turning workers’ lives around. At a time when that’s needed more than ever, NBC 5’s Noelle Walker found out how Cafe Momentum will take that mission nationwide. Watch video here via NBC5

Café Momentum powers up for life mid-pandemic

Chad Houser is practically giddy when he tells people his “momentum” is back. His restaurant, Café Momentum, closed since March 15 because of the pandemic, reopened last month. The café’s student-employees — many of whom are at-risk youth — are back serving the restaurant’s customers, and continuing to prepare for industry opportunities. Houser, a longtime […]


Players Coalition and the Black Lacrosse Alliance announced today a formal partnership and consolidated effort to pursue their overlapping humanitarian and educational social justice missions.  These organizations represent player-founded and player-driven efforts to promote social justice and racial equality through advocacy, awareness, education and a shared allocation of resources. With the addition of Black Lacrosse […]

Reopening of Café Momentum Sparks Retail Line to Focus on Blackness

By Allana J. Barefield  Staff Writer  Café Momentum’s doors are reopening on September 24 with the launch of a new retail line. Café Momentum is a nonprofit that teaches youth skills to those who have been released from juvenile detention facilities so they can be safe in the “real world.” Their premise is to eat, drink; […]