On April 27th hundreds of locals gathered for the Second Annual “Pies with A Purpose” fundraising event at the West Street Market in the Reno Riverwalk. The event successfully raised $14,000.00 for the cause with all proceeds going to support the Eddy House.
The Eddy House is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping young adult males who have aged-out of the foster care program, make a successful transition to independence.
Eight of the area’s best chefs were asked to create their version of the pot pie. Guests enjoyed delicious culinary creations from Wild River Grille, Bowl, Brewer’s Cabinet, Noble Pie Parlor, Java Jungle, JAX on the Tracks, Homage Bakery, and Tournant Pop Up, with beer and wine provided by Lagunitas Brewing Company, Sapphire, and Southern Wine and Spirits, and locally roasted coffee from Wood-Fire Roasted Coffee, live music, a raffle and an auction featuring a private dinner for ten prepared by La Vecchia’s Chef/Owner Alberto Gazzola.
The Eddy House, originally known as The Black Bear Project, is non-profit organization dedicated to helping young adult males who have aged-out of the foster care program, make a successful transition to independence. The Eddy House gives them life and job skills, as well as work experience in their restaurant, Z-Pie, to prepare them for life on their own.
Lynette Eddy started the Eddy House a little more than two years ago. Just a few short years ago Lynette found herself looking for a way to turn a family tragedy into a positive effort. She has enjoyed a long career as a social worker, using her education from UNR to help juvenile offenders and the homeless. Lynette learned that our community has approximately 50 adolescents that would be aging-out of the foster care system each year. They have funding available to them through AB350 and support from County services, however many need a safe living environment.
National statistics state that over half of the youth who aged-out of foster care have experienced one or more episodes of homelessness and nearly 30 percent were incarcerated at some point—many times the rate for other adults.
There are currently seven young men living in the house and working towards their independence. Each of them is required to spend time each week going to school and/or working. Lynette and her son Brian Eddy, the house Manager, give guidance and help each of the residents of the Eddy House attend school, start a bank account and build a resume so they will be ready to live and work on their own when the time is right.
Many of residents of The Eddy House work in the restaurant, Z-Pie, a not-for-profit restaurant in Reno with 100% of all profits from the restaurant going directly to the house. Their responsibilities include; preparing and serving food to guests, delivering orders to local offices and staffing special events. Taking care of the restaurant’s customers does a lot more than teach the kids job skills and a good work ethic. Lynette Eddy and Mike Martin, restaurant manager, have watched the workers grow, having come to the house reserved and uncomfortable talking to strangers, and after working with guests on a daily basis, have opened up and gained the interpersonal skills they will need as adults.
All proceeds from the restaurant are used to support The Eddy House and its residents. Z-Pie, a local gourmet pot pie restaurant offers delivery and curbside pick up on all business lunches. Customers can call 775-453-1472. By patronizing Z-Pie, customers will be supporting the downtown Reno corridor and the young adults in our area.