Brandon Edwin Chrostowski is on a mission to change the face of re-entry in the United States. In 2007, he founded EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute. His belief that “every human being regardless of their past has the right to a fair and equal future” is what has driven the creation of EDWINS. His approach is simple: arm those re-entering society with a skill set and a smile. Individuals are not only equipped with basic culinary skills, but also are assisted with finding employment, have the opportunity to utilize free housing, basic medical care, clothing, job coaching, and literacy programs.
Chrostowski’s philosophy is simple, “make it happen”. No matter what the problem is it can be solved with hard work and care. This approach has led to the success of EDWINS and a revolution in the non profit world. The results have been astounding 97% employment after graduation. The plans to expand with an EDWINS campus are already underway with a 30 bed apartment building and a fitness center and library. The program continues to expand with the opening of the Butcher Shop 2019 and the Bakery in early 2020