a holistic approach to workforce training in the heart of Jackson, MS

About Us

The Vision

Refill Cafe will be a non-profit workforce development café in the community of west Jackson, Mississippi located at the former Koinonia Coffee House on the Jackson State University Parkway.   

Refill Café’s mission is to empower youth by providing an innovative and holistic job training and life skills program. Refill Cafe will operate a vibrant restaurant and retail establishment with training stations to develop functional competencies and occupational skills for program participants. In addition, Refill will address the participants’ holistic development to ensure they are set up for success beyond the program.  

Refill Cafe intends to offer social service support, educational support, mentoring, and employment services—all offered either directly through Refill Café or indirectly through a partner. The program will be a long-term anchor for participants as we help place them into internships and jobs around the City of Jackson.   

The Approach

Our proposed initiative uses several programs to develop occupational and workforce skills while also creating linkages and capacity within the local food system. The initiative will create exposure to and develop career pathways for those who choose to work in traditional food and hospitality services.    

Collectively, these programs and activities will lead to entrepreneurial growth, economic mobility, greater individual agency in selecting career path, greater agency in individual health practices, and a more resilient community.  

The Process

Planning activities will initially focus on Refill Cafe's Project Leader spending several months on-site at Café Reconcile in New Orleans. As a successful workforce training center that has been in operation for over a decade, Café Reconcile will help us understand the intricacies of the workforce development model, management of the meal service, the integration of education, training and social support, and the movement of individual participants through a cohort. 

Café Reconcile will provide technical assistance throughout the planning process—which will include assistance on curriculum and budgeting, recommendations for staffing, and strategies for managing social support services. Most importantly, through this process our Program Leader will acquire hands-on experience in the holistic management of trainees that will allow us to develop a successful plan for Jackson.   


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Contact Us

While we are not open as yet, we would love to see you at Friday Forum

The tradition of Friday Forum lives on in in our wonderful home - the former Koinonia Coffee House.  Held each and every Friday at 9 a.m, Friday Forum is an important community event, and a great time to see the space that will eventually host Refill Cafe and our programs!

Refill Cafe

136 S Adams St, Jackson, Mississippi 39203, United States

Visting Us

Friday Forum:      

9 am - 10:00 a.m.

Site Visits available by appointment for all other days

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