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ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — There’s a new place to eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner in St. Paul.

The Daily Diner, in partnership with Union Gospel Mission Church, opened up this week.

And it’s unlike any other restaurant, as about half of the employees at this Diner will come from the mission.

All of them will have graduated from a program designed to help them beat the odds and get their lives back on track.

“When people come to the mission, they usually have homelessness or addiction,” Nicholas Gisi, Director of Men’s Programs at Union Gospel Mission, said. “We put them into long-term programs, and along with that comes education, and along with that comes career development.”

The Daily Diner is part of the misson’s culinary arts program. Graduates of the program will do an apprenticeship at a restaurant and will then get help finding a permanent job.

The diner is located in the Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul right off University Avenue.


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