Among the first to participate in the new pilot program are Kyle Ferro, back left; Matthew, back right; Cynthia, front left; and Jenette, front right.

Among the first to participate in the new pilot program are Kyle Ferro, back left; Matthew, back right; Cynthia, front left; and Jenette, front right. (Kyle’s Kitchen)

Kyle’s Kitchen announces its latest Kyle’s Gives Back partnership with PathPoint, to help raise funds to support the organization’s mission to partner with people with disabilities, mental health diagnoses, and young adults to pursue their hopes and dreams through strengthening workplace abilities, building life skills, and developing meaningful relationships.

Now through the end of March, customers dining at any Kyle’s Kitchen location will help support the effort to raise funds and awareness for PathPoint.

“We are excited to partner with Kyle’s Restaurants and the Ferro Family who are dedicated to being socially responsible and to giving back in so many ways,” said Tasha Addison, vice president of PathPoint’s South Santa Barbara Division. “We’re eager to work with Kyle’s Restaurants in job training and removing employment barriers for many individuals.

“PathPoint values partnerships that create equal opportunities for people with developmental disabilities and set a positive example for inclusive communities.”

PathPoint is a nonprofit established in 1964, (originally known as Work Training Programs, Inc.) with the goal of supporting people in living the life they choose. They partner with people with disabilities, people with mental health diagnoses, and young adults to strengthen their workplace abilities, and help them build life skills, and develop meaningful relationships.

PathPoint supports nearly 1,000  individuals annually throughout Santa Barbara County, and in San Luis Obispo, Ventura, Los Angeles and Kern counties.

“PathPoint’s mission and vision to foster compassionate, inclusive, and equitable communities where all individuals have the opportunity to thrive is so close to our heart, and aligns beautifully with our philosophy at Kyle’s Restaurants,” said Deena Ferro, who along with her husband Jay own Kyle’s Kitchen.

“We have been lucky to have great support for our son Kyle during his childhood years, and now as we look ahead and help him plan for a future, we see PathPoint as an important resource for him, and also for our restaurants to support employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities and special needs, and are so happy to be able to partner with them,” she said.

The quarterly Kyle’s Gives Back campaign with PathPoint is the first phase of what both organizations see as a longer-term partnership that will positively benefit both businesses. A pilot program is in development in which individuals PathPoint supports will go through employment training at all of Kyle’s Restaurants, with the goal of ultimately securing jobs.

As part of its core mission to build a business that supports people with special needs, Kyle’s Gives Back has donated more than $200,000 to date to local organizations. Customers can dine at any of the three Kyle’s Kitchen locations on Chapala Street, Calle Real, and Hollister Avenue (Isla Vista site reopen this fall), as well as Kyle’s Protein Grill, to support the cause.

Kyle’s Kitchen offers dine-in, delivery, and takeout options at all locations.