Restaurant owner works to help kids in foster care

Written by Dylan Hyman / Stitch

Sonya Brown-Tillison is putting together two of her passions: Food and helping kids in foster care.

“I’ve just had kids that have naturally followed me throughout the years,” she said.

She relates to them because she, too, was in foster care.

Sonya became a social worker with a focus on kids aging out of foster care. Now, she employs foster kids at her restaurant, NOLA Vegan Cafe in New Orleans.

“When kids age out of foster care, their focus is housing, employment and education. A lot of times, they don’t have a lot of work experience at 18,” Sonya said.


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