Learning job skills is an important step in breaking the cycle of poverty.CATS

Learning translatable work skills will absolutely increase the chance of a successful professional life. But learning who we really work for, and what matters in an eternal perspective is the MOST valuable thing that our students learn.

Infusing real world and translatable skills with Biblical truth and a message of Salvation and Hope makes the career training at South Side Mission a little different. Our graduates make the grade by giving their employers the best of themselves while they create a new history for their family.


Culinary Arts is a growing field and may be the right choice if you have a heart for service and a flair for excellence.

We do have a few more openings for students. This class is a great break through to the career track for the unemployed or underemployed.

To register, call South Side Mission at 309.676.4604.

But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.  Matthew 19:26

Chef Chris Franzoni – Chef Chris Franzoni has had culinary arts in his blood for as long as he can remember. Born and raised in Canton, Chef Chris attended The Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago, and completed his apprenticeship at the Westin Hotel in Rosemont, IL. After 11 years in Chicago, God called Chef Chris back to Central Illinois to serve as Executive Chef at the Paradice Hotel & Casino. Following a four year stint there, Chris was called to South Side Mission, where he heads up the culinary arts & job training programs. He loves his ministries, saying , “I feel like I’ve finally found my calling here at SSM. Being able to help people make positive changes in their life is one of the biggest blessings in my life.” Chris lives in Canton with his wife Kari, and has three children, Vinnie, Matthew and Emily.