Get Involved

"If there is one thing to be said about restaurants, it's that you will always feel needed. There is always one more thing to do, always a sense of urgency and purpose. But this year, the restaurant scene has changed dramatically. Again, I had lost my sense of belonging, the sense that I was accountable to someone other than myself to ’show up,’ and to ‘be present.’"

CHOW Mental Health Amuse’ Course

Amuse Mental Health Training

Through 2024, CHOW is offering a unique Mental Health Amuse’ Course. This four-hour training course is backed by scientific research and offers tangible tools for self-assessment. It is accredited by COPA (https://coprovidersassociation.org/), providing validation of its quality and effectiveness, for 4 continuing education credit hours.

This course is created for food, beverage and hospitality workers BY food, beverage and hospitality workers. 

We request a 15$ placeholder fee which will returned to you upon course completion. If you would like to donate your placeholder fee to CHOW upon completion, please let your instructor know. We will gratefully accept your donation!

We will be offering these trainings in compact four hour blocks as well as split into two sessions of two hours each to allow for flexible scheduling.

Monthly scheduled dates will be announced on social media and our newsletter and can always be found on our CHOW calendar

Feel free to sign up here or visit our Eventbrite page at: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/chow-49162252563 to stay up to date with Amuse’ scheduling.

About Your Trainers

Fathima Dickerson

Fathima Dickerson

Trainer

I am Fathima Dickerson, and I was born and raised in the Five Points neighborhood in
Denver, CO. I am the co- owner of my family restaurant, Welton Street Café, where I oversee the front of the house along with many other behind the scenes duties and public relations. I joined CHOW as an Amuse trainer to help individuals in food and beverage that have experienced
challenges of the industry and need another level of support. Additionally, CHOW’s courses provide several mental health tools and resources to support myself as well as my staff. On my journey of health and healing, CHOW helps me identify areas in my life where I am not doing well, and it gives me to proper language address my shortcomings.

Jessica Dean

Jessica Dean

Trainer

I’m Jess and I come from a diverse background in the foodservice industry. I’ve done a little bit of everything working in the back of the house but my ultimate dream was to run my own business being a private chef, doing dinner parties and teaching people how to cook in their own kitchens. Not only did I struggle with how to handle my mental health, communication and taking time for myself, but I watched family and friends struggle and even lose their battles as well. When I found CHOW, I felt I was able to give more back to the people that I’ve worked alongside who were just like me, now that I had been through some intense personal development. And now I can teach people, like I always wanted to, on how to take things one step at a time, where to start on their personal growth journey and how to communicate in a better way.

Billy Voges

Billy Voges

Trainer

I’m here to give back to the people of an industry that has always welcomed me with open arms, while deepening my own understanding of how to support my own and others’ mental wellness. After discovering CHOW, I immediately felt at home. I have worked in every front-of-house position from busboy to management and have dealt with my own battles against depression and anxiety. I am currently studying Mental Health Counseling at Boston University with the goal of becoming a therapist.

Sharon Daniel

Sharon Daniel

Trainer

After 35 years as a restaurant owner/manager, pastry chef and bartender, I returned to school to become certified as a recovery peer support specialist.  I joined CHOW to support my own mental health and recovery and found an organization dedicated to changing the industry that I called home for so long. To me, CHOW represents all the aspects of what is
needed to lead us into a new generation of our industry, where all aspects of health are supported & respected. I am proud to help spread that message through CHOW.

Socks - Amuse' Trainer

“Socks”

Trainer

Hello, I’m Socks. As a 25+ years industry vet and a person in active recovery I understand firsthand the importance of mental wellness and balance in life. Through my work with CHOW not only have I found the support and resources I need to continue on my journey in a positive way, but I have also found a place to give back to an industry I love so much.

Amuse’ Course Sessions

Why Get Involved?

Come to a CHOW meeting if you’re feeling something you can’t share with coworkers, friends or family.  Come to a CHOW meeting to meet with your restaurant family and talk about what is working and what isn’t working in your life. Come to a CHOW meeting if you’re feeling lonely.

Like physical health, we all have a state of mental health, Let’s talk about it!

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How To Volunteer

Your time is valuable and you want to put it to good use. Why not invest it in the important work of making sure our community focuses on their mental health? It’s easy, fun, and so important in our ability to get the word out. Contact us to find out about volunteer opportunities.

Opportunities

CHOW Meeting Host (Steamboat Springs, CO)

CHOW is seeking a compassionate supporter to greet and create a welcoming space for our members. In this role, you will be required to attend CHOW groups..

Ours is a unique community of hospitality professionals. Two years of work in the hospitality field is required. To ensure success as a CHOW peer host, you should be empathetic and possess exceptional interpersonal communication skills.

CHOW Host Responsibilities:

  • Attending weekly CHOW meetings, virtual or in-person, 5 minutes early
  • Plan to be a host for at least 6 months

CHOW Host Requirements:

  • At least 2 years in the hospitality industry.
  • Open minded and willing to accept all pathways to recovery.
  • Lived experience with mental health conditions, substance abuse, or trauma.
  • Meet with the ExPOS for your meeting to discuss how you will work together

Helpful:

  • Good knowledge or willingness to learn of recovery resources such as the 12 step program and community support groups.
  • Attend monthly meetings with our ExPOS supervisor to keep track of your health

Volunteers with CHOW will be covered by our Employee Assistance program giving them access to clinical mental health, life coach, and financial planning.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

A pre-employment criminal background check may be conducted as part of the selection process, unless credentialed by State of CO. Special Conditions of Employment: Effective September 20, 2021, this position will require documented proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. Employees will be required to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination upon hire.

CHOW Meeting Host (Fort Collins, CO)

CHOW is seeking a compassionate supporter to greet and create a welcoming space for our members. In this role, you will be required to attend CHOW groups..

Ours is a unique community of hospitality professionals. Two years of work in the hospitality field is required. To ensure success as a CHOW peer host, you should be empathetic and possess exceptional interpersonal communication skills.

CHOW Host Responsibilities:

  • Attending weekly CHOW meetings, virtual or in-person, 5 minutes early
  • Plan to be a host for at least 6 months

CHOW Host Requirements:

  • At least 2 years in the hospitality industry.
  • Open minded and willing to accept all pathways to recovery.
  • Lived experience with mental health conditions, substance abuse, or trauma.
  • Meet with the ExPOS for your meeting to discuss how you will work together

Helpful:

  • Good knowledge or willingness to learn of recovery resources such as the 12 step program and community support groups.
  • Attend monthly meetings with our ExPOS supervisor to keep track of your health

Volunteers with CHOW will be covered by our Employee Assistance program giving them access to clinical mental health, life coach, and financial planning.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

A pre-employment criminal background check may be conducted as part of the selection process, unless credentialed by State of CO. Special Conditions of Employment: Effective September 20, 2021, this position will require documented proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. Employees will be required to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination upon hire.

CHOW ExPOS (Fort Collins, CO)

CHOW is seeking a compassionate certified peer supporter to assist and guide our members. In this role, you will be required to attend CHOW groups and respond to any emergencies as needed. This position also requires the knowledge of local and national resources to provide community-based resources. This is a very part time contractor position of up to 20 hours a month.

Ours is a unique community of hospitality professionals. A year of work in the hospitality field is required. To ensure success as a CHOW peer supporter, you should be empathetic and possess exceptional interpersonal communication skills. An ideal peer support specialist should be able to easily identify warning signs in members and provide effective interventions and emotional support. In this role, it will be important to establish firm personal and ethical boundaries.

CHOW Peer Responsibilities:

  • Attending weekly CHOW meetings, virtual or in-person.
  • Documenting the number of attendees.
  • Allowing an extra 15 minutes after a meeting to give additional support to members, as needed.
  • Knowledge of local and national resources to assist members (Crisis, Unite Us, Detox, etc…).
  • Willingness to learn to use and understand health information technology, i.e. GPRA
  • Works with individuals and groups to provide personalized outreach, support, and education; introduces concepts of mental health, recovery, and wellness in hospitality settings.

CHOW Peer Requirements:

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • CPFS or NCPS certification preferred.
  • At least one year in the hospitality industry.
  • Open minded and willing to accept all pathways to recovery.
  • Lived experience with mental health conditions, substance abuse, or trauma.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and experience with group meetings.
  • Highly compassionate and attentive to detail.

Additional Requirements:

  • Good knowledge or willingness to learn of recovery resources such as the 12 step program and community support groups.
  • Proficiency or willingness to learn, Office programs; especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; Gmail, Google suite, and Zoom products.
  • Enhances professional growth and development by participating in relevant training as outlined by SAMHSA, CCAR, COPA etc.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

A pre-employment criminal background check may be conducted as part of the selection process, unless credentialed by State of CO.

Special Conditions of Employment:

Effective September 20, 2021, this position will require documented proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. Employees will be required to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination upon hire.

Spanish Speaking ExPOS

CHOW is seeking a compassionate, Spanish speaking, bilingual, certified peer supporter to assist and guide our members. In this role, you will be required to attend CHOW groups and respond to any emergencies as needed. This position also requires the knowledge of local and national resources to provide community-based resources.

Ours is a unique community of hospitality professionals. A year of work in the hospitality field is required. To ensure success as a CHOW peer supporter, you should be empathetic and possess
exceptional interpersonal communication skills. An ideal peer support specialist should be able to easily identify warning signs in members and provide effective interventions and emotional support. In this role, it will be important to establish firm personal and ethical boundaries.

CHOW Peer Responsibilities:

  • Attending weekly CHOW meetings, virtual or in-person.
  • Documenting the number of attendees.
  • Allowing an extra 15 minutes after a meeting to give additional support to members, as needed.
  • Willingness to learn knowledge of local and national resources to assist members (Crisis, Unite Us, Detox, etc…).
  • Willingness to learn to use and understand health information technology, i.e. GPRA
  • Works with individuals and groups to provide personalized outreach, support, and education; introduces concepts of mental health, recovery, and wellness in hospitality settings.

CHOW Peer Requirements:

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • CPFS or NCPS certification preferred.
  • At least one year in the hospitality industry.
  • Open minded and willing to accept all pathways to recovery.
  • Lived experience with mental health conditions, substance abuse, or trauma.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and experience with group meetings.
  • Highly compassionate and attentive to detail.

Additional Requirements:

  • Good knowledge or willingness to learn of recovery resources such as the 12 step program and community support groups.
  • Proficiency or willingness to learn, Office programs; especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; Gmail, Google suite, and Zoom products.
  • Enhances professional growth and development by participating in relevant training as outlined by SAMHSA, CCAR, COPA etc.

CHOW will provide:

  • Training for peer support
  • Print materials and promotional materials
  • $30/hour for around 20 hours a month

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

A pre-employment criminal background check may be conducted as part of the selection process, unless credentialed by State of CO. Special Conditions of Employment: Effective September 20, 2021, this position will require documented proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. Employees will be required to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination upon hire.

Ambassador For CHOW (Volunteer Position

CHOW is seeking compassionate ambassadors to help our community. In this role, you will be required to attend CHOW group meetings and continue your education (provided by CHOW) around substance use and mental health. This position also requires the knowledge of local and national restaurant community members. 

Ours is a unique community of hospitality professionals.  A year of work in the food/beverage/hospitality field is required. To ensure success as a CHOW ambassador, you should be empathetic and possess exceptional interpersonal communication skills. An ideal candidate is well enmeshed in the hospitality industry in their area.  We are seeking the culture leaders of the industry.

CHOW Ambassador Responsibilities:

  • Attending occasional CHOW meetings, virtual or in-person, at least 4 to get started.
  • Assisting in Break Rooms at events 
  • Documenting activities and filling out forms of their findings

CHOW Ambassador Requirements:

  • At least one year in the hospitality industry.
  • Open minded and willing to accept all pathways to recovery.
  • Knowledge of local and regional industry folks (bonus for national folks).
  • Lived experience with mental health conditions, substance abuse, or trauma.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Interpersonal skills are very important, as you must be able to build rapport with strangers and listen carefully to their perspectives and needs. 
  • Cultural sensitivity is also required.
  • Ability to get folks interested and “on board” with CHOW’s mission.
  • Willingness to act as an advocate for the population they serve.
  • Not necessary, but nice: Ability to negotiate stairs, move equipment and supplies up to 30 lb. Must possess their own transportation, have a good driving record, a valid driver’s license, and proof of insurance.

Description of tasks

  • Attend CHOW meetings to understand what CHOW is doing and what a meeting looks like.  This way the person can share their first hand experience with community members.
  • Attend CHOW’s Mental Health Amuse Course to learn the basics of mental health, substance use disorder, active listening and conflict resolution.
  • Learn about resources offered to the food/bev/ hospitality community.
  • Utilize resources to role model how they work and end the stigma against asking for help.
  • Attend food, wine, beverage, events and conferences as a CHOW ambassador and help with the Break room.
    • (CHOW’s Break Rooms will be lounge/rest areas for vendors to relax, have snacks and drinks, and talk to each other. And tell CHOW, what’s working, what help do they need, and get connected with resources, if desired.

CHOW is looking for volunteer hosts

CHOW would love a few volunteers with experience in the restaurant/hospitality industry. We are trying to create a welcoming space for virtual and in-person meetings, Mondays, 6-7pm amd Wednesdays 3-4pm (MST). Volunteers help to welcome attendees and build relationships. If you’re friendly, please apply using our contact page

CHOW is looking for bilingual volunteers

CHOW would love a few bilingual (Spanish/English) volunteers with experience in the restaurant/hospitality industry. We are trying to create a welcoming space for native Spanish speakers in our On-line Spanish meeting, Tuesdays, 6-7pm. Volunteers help to welcome attendees and build relationships. If you’re friendly, please apply using our contact page

CHOW necesita voluntarios bilingües

CHOW quisiera algunos voluntarios bilingües (español/inglés) con experiencia en la industria de restaurantes/hotelería. Estamos tratando de crear un espacio acogedor para los hablantes nativos de español en nuestra reunión de español en línea, los martes, de 6 a 7 p. m. Los voluntarios ayudan a dar la bienvenida a los asistentes y a construir relaciones. Si es amigable, presente su solicitud utilizando nuestro enlace “Contactar a CHOW”

Speakers and Writers:

“One day you’ll tell your story of how you overcame what you went through and it will become someone else’s survival guide.” – Brene Brown

We will share your speech or story with our community on our facebook page and website. There’s a saying, “there’s a lid for every pot.” Your story may be the one that reaches someone who needs to feel that community connection and gives them the strength to move on.

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How To Become A Sponsor

Help us serve those who serve US by supporting wellness in the hospitality industry. Whether through long term sponsorship or individual donations, you can make an impact today!

Email erin@chowco.org to find out more

How CHOW will utilize your generous contribution

Wellness Opportunities

General Sponsorship, $1,000-30,000 | CHOW is a young nonprofit organization and it relies entirely on grants and donations. A general sponsorship donation will help us with all bills as they arrive. Everything from paying for our Zoom platform to paying our discussion facilitators. This style of donation allows our Council to utilize the funds in the manner that will best serve the organization.

Program Sponsorship, $5,000-30,000 | Help us spread CHOW to other cities. This donation would allow us to find and hire industry professionals to host meetings, spread printed material, and all aspects related to creating a CHOW chapter. Each CHOW meeting costs $5,000 for a year. These meetings help to create a community and give folks the opportunity to feel heard by their industry peers.

Outreach Opportunities

Newsletter, $500-$2500 | Help us fund our newsletter. Having our newsletter shared is an excellent way to ensure the inclusion of the multitude of restaurants, hotels, and distributors. The e-newsletter is full of information about all of the ways readers can get involved with meetings and classes, help themselves, get care, or volunteer. Sponsorship of the newsletter tells readers you are committed to advocating for better mental health in the restaurant industry.

Events, $1,000-$10,000 | CHOW will host several events a year to engage with the community and raise funds to keep our organization running. We’re planning a Wellness event, a concert, and a Harvest Festival in 2022. Sponsoring these events will ensure that more funds get to our programming. (There are also opportunities to present at these events.) Sponsors will be publicly acknowledged at the events, on social media, and on our website. They’re also a great way to spend time with our people outside the workplace.

Education Opportunities

“Expo” training $500-$10000 | CHOW’s “Expo” training is for someone who has walked the path of recovery from mental illness/substance use disorder and will be trained to assist others in their journeys of recovery. CHOW envisions having an “Expo” in every restaurant. Training costs $500/person. To pay the person while they take the course is an additional $200/person. Invest in the wellness of an entire company with this Sponsorship opportunity.

“Amuse” Mental Health Course Facilitation $800-$5000 | CHOW has a mental health and recovery training written by and for the hospitality industry. We use language and experiences that you’d encounter in the industry and offer skills based facilitated education meant to shine light on some of the most pressing issues affecting workplace wellness.

“Amuse” Mental Health Course Scholarship $120-$1200 | Folks work hard to make a living. Taking a course takes time, which costs money. Help us reduce the barriers for taking our Mental Health Amuse Course by paying staff for the time. $120 covers one person taking the class. CHOW will offer the scholarship to restaurants to support them supporting their staff that wants to support each other.

Long Term Collaboration

Your consistent monthly donation will allow for your organization to align itself with the mission of wellness and support within the hospitality industry.

Please email erin@chowco.org to discuss collaboration opportunities.

Donate

To keep our meetings and discussion groups free and accessible to all, we rely on grants and individual donations. Please give whatever you can and support mental wellness in the hospitality industry.

Start A Meeting

A fantastic way to get involved is to start your own meeting! If you would like to start a meeting in your area, please contact us and we will help you create a group. We will provide a welcome package including how to structure a meeting, ideas for fundraising, educational and branding material.

Workplace Wellness Toolkit Part 1

We’ve created a living toolkit that folks can use to implement Wellness techniques in the workplace. The toolkit encourages a healthy environment where employers and employees can work together to end stigma about wellness.

Scripts For Challenging Conversations

A document to support you in navigating challenging conversations in the food/beverage/hospitality industry.

Scripts For Challenging Conversations
Scripts For Challenging Conversations

Let’s Talk About It!

Have a question? Looking to get involved as a business or individual? Get in touch with us and let us help you get the ball rolling towards making an impact on the mental health of your hospitality community!