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August 16th, 2011
10:57 AM ET

Soul food and success: A story from the kitchen of Cafe Reconcile in New Orleans

Almost six years after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, parts of New Orleans are riddled with crime and violence.

But there's one very special place serving up hope for young people. It's a restaurant called "Cafe Reconcile." It's a popular restaurant with a kitchen comprised of crime victims and ex-convicts looking for a chance to change their lives. It also prepares its students for the work force and a brighter future.

CNN's Ed Lavandera has the story of this incredible restaurant in part one above. You can see part two below, focusing on one man's incredible journey.


Filed under: New Orleans