Edwins Second Chance Life Skills Center, a housing-focused component of Cleveland chef Brandon Chrostowski’s nonprofit Edwins Leadership & Restaurant Institute, has been named a 2016 Neighborhood Builder by Bank of America and will receive a $200,000 grant for the distinction.

Founded in 2007, Edwins provides formerly incarcerated individuals experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry, combining a learning academy with an upscale French restaurant in Shaker Square. The latest phase of Edwins is the $1 million Second Chance Life Skills Center at Buckeye Road and South Moreland Boulevard on Cleveland’s East Side, which provides housing for students of the Edwins program in rehabbed buildings in an area of town that has battled blight issues.

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