Fresh Start Café


Building skills for life

The Fresh Start Cafe was established as part RECAP’s welfare to work initiative. We are a job readiness program designed to help individuals on public assistance gain the skills and confidence to succeed in today’s job market.

Under the guidance of culinary staff and in a restaurant setting, trainees learn culinary techniques used in a variety of restaurant positions, as well as customer service techniques and standards that translate across the service industry.

The program’s focus isn’t limited to kitchen skills, but includes training and hands-on experience with teamwork, communication skills, conflict resolution, time management, and job interviewing.

Continuing the mission of RECAP, Fresh Start Cafe hopes to bring economic revitalization by helping to reduce poverty and unemployment. We operate cafes in Middletown and Newburgh, serving breakfast, lunch, and baked goods. Lunch specials are available as well as catering for events large and small.

3 Restaurants

280 Broadway
(845) 863-0100
Fax: (845) 863-0102
Monday-Friday, 8:00am-3:00pm

  • Public seating and street parking are available. Cafe is located on the first floor.

38 Seward Avenue
(845) 956-2233
Fax: (845) 956-2235
Monday-Friday, 7:00am-2:00pm

  • Operates within HONORehg, the homeless shelter in the Community Campus (formerly known as the Middletown Psychiatric Center) off of Monhagen Avenue/Route 211. Public seating is not available and cafe offers delivery only. Please call ahead for free local delivery.

Mill Street in the Mill at Middletown complex. Opening soon!