copyright the Chronicle July 8, 2015
by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph
NEWPORT — Heidi Massi of Barton is one of two students who graduated from the 17-week Cornucopia cooking program on Thursday. Now she can make all kinds of yummy treats, including the focaccia, pizza, and chocolate mousse she made for her graduation party.
Her fellow graduate, Marissa Wheeler, wasn’t available to attend the party.
Cornucopia aims to build marketable skills and confidence in women who are going through a tough transition in their lives.
That could mean almost anything — from leaving an abusive relationship to looking for a career change, said Renée Swain, executive director at Umbrella, the organization that started Cornucopia. Umbrella works with victims of domestic violence.
“Economic independence is a key ingredient for success,” Ms. Swain said.
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