Freedom a la Cart is a multidimensional outreach in Columbus that saves lives. From the Freedom a la Cart Café, to mentoring survivors of human trafficking, their mission to get survivors back on their feet is a social enterprise worth supporting.
The central Ohio nonprofit provides support, workforce training and employment to survivors of human trafficking. Freedom a la Cart works with CATCH Court, a specialty docket for women in the justice system who are victims of human trafficking, to employ eligible women.
CATCH stands for Changing Actions to Change Habits, and the court program was founded by Franklin County Municipal Judge Paul Herbert.
There are multiple ways to support this worthy cause, including dining with the café, attending events, and volunteering.
Freedom a la Cart Café + Bakery
The Café serves fresh pastries, scratch-made meals and locally roasted coffee Monday through Saturday. Dine-in, patio seating, takeout and downtown delivery are available.
Every time you dine, it’s for a good cause. The program provides workforce training and wraparound services for local survivors of sex trafficking – while serving up some seriously delicious food.
You’ll find breakfast and lunch (blunch!) options on the menu, including:
- Monte Cristo: Hand Carved Ham, Turkey, Swiss Cheese, Strawberry Jam, Sourdough
- Blueberry Chia Bowl: Greek Yogurt, Blueberry Chia Pudding, Apricot Jam, Stewed Blueberries, Housemade Granola
- Grilled Three Cheese: Cheddar, Goat, Swiss with Housemade Habanero-Apricot Jam, Sourdough; add Candied Bacon
- Rosemary Breakfast Sandwich: Housemade Rosemary-Lemon Breakfast Sausage, Egg, Provolone Cheese, Lemon Aioli, Arugula, Fresh Baked Croissant Bun [may substitute with candied bacon]
and, the Don’t Judge Me: Roasted Chicken, French Onion Aioli, Garlic Aioli, Swiss Cheese, Crumbled Potato Chips, Arugula, Paesano Roll; named in honor of Judge Paul Herbert, founder of CATCH Court, among many other options.
They also offer an extensive catering and boxed lunch menu including options for any sized gather for breakfast, lunch, or cocktail hour (with 72 hour notice).
Free café customer parking on the west side of the building.
123 E Spring Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Events at Freedom a la Cart
Share your voice through poetry, song, music, comedy or drama — or be inspired by listening to that of others! A limited menu of food and drink will be available for purchase. We look forward to sharing space with you! Doors open at 6:30p.
March 8, from 7-8:30 pm
May 10, from 7-8:30 pm
July 12, from 7-8:30 pm
September 13, from 7-8:30 pm
April 12 from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
June 14 from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
August 9 from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
October 11 from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Become empowered to express yourself through written and spoken word. Freedom a la Cart has partnered with the Black Women Rise Poetry Collective to bring you another Poetry + Writing Workshop.
Discover the tools to express yourself, both in written and spoken format. Learn the art (& science) behind curating words of impact, acquire knowledge in how to shape your feelings into a tangible script, and inspire others in the community with your words.
See other upcoming events, including upcoming mentor training.
Annual EmpowHER event
April 19, 2023 at 6 p.m.
The event aims to inspire change and provide the community with crucial education about combating human trafficking.
Attendees will hear and learn from the event’s keynote speaker, Cyntoia Brown—a survivor, thought leader, author, consultant and national advocate for victims of trafficking.
Cyntoia Brown was released from prison in 2019 after serving 15 years for defending herself against a man soliciting her. While imprisoned, many high-profile individuals (Snoop Dogg, LeBron James, Rihanna and more) advocated and spoke out against our criminal justice system’s failure to protect individuals like Cyntoia. Her story and fight for freedom inspired many, and she now dedicates her time to advocating for fellow human trafficking survivors.
Volunteer with Freedom a la Cart
Partners with CATCH Court to provide supportive services to the survivors in the program. CATCH aims to break the cycle of abuse for victims of human trafficking, prostitution, and sexual exploitation by providing resources, community, and accountability.
Freedom a la Cart provides personal mentors to offer life coaching and emotional support. Mentors show unconditional love and friendship, teach new social norms, and act as a support person.
The weekly time commitment to be a CATCH mentor is minimal (approximately 2 hours per week) but requires consistency. Mentors are paired with a new participant in the 2-year CATCH Court program, so mentor volunteers should commit 2 years to worth with their mentee.
Other volunteer opportunities include catering and packing boxed lunches, transportation, education and career mentoring for workforce training program, and more. Freedom a la Cart requires all mentors/volunteers to obtain a background check. Check the website for more details and upcoming mentor training.