April 12, 2018

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BBVA Compass Gathers Dallas to Celebrate Top Winner of BBVA Momentum

BBVA Compass Gathers Dallas to Celebrate Top Winner of BBVA Momentum
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BBVA Compass Director of Corporate Responsibility & Reputation Reymundo Ocañas, left, announced at the event that the BBVA Compass Foundation would be giving an additional $4,000 to sponsor a table and chairs at Café Momentum.

BBVA Compass clients and Dallas community leaders gathered in March at Café Momentum, where the former juvenile offenders who power the restaurant prepared and served attendees a haute-cuisine meal and gave them a firsthand look at social entrepreneur Chad Houser’s ambitious venture to rehabilitate the youth and help them reenter society.

Café Momentum founder Chad Houser with BBVA Compass guests Thursday night at his restaurant in Dallas, where the bank gathered to celebrate his first-place prize of $50,000 in the BBVA Momentum training and accelerator program for social entrepreneurs.

The evening was a celebration of Houser, who won the top prize of $50,000 in December at the bank’s BBVA Momentum training and accelerator program for social entrepreneurs. The goal of the program is to help those who are hoping to change the world through their work scale up and make a positive impact on the lives of more people.

BBVA Compass clients and Dallas community leaders gathered downtown Thursday night at Café Momentum, where the former juvenile offenders who power the restaurant prepared and served guests a haute-cuisine meal and gave them a firsthand look at social entrepreneur Chad Houser’s ambitious venture to rehabilitate the youth and help them reenter society.

Applications for the 2018 BBVA Momentum class open on April 9. Interested social entrepreneurs across the bank’s seven-state Sunbelt footprint (Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, New Mexico and Texas) should monitor www.momentum.bbva.com for details.

BBVA Compass guests were served a four-course meal Thursday night at Café Momentum in Dallas, where the bank gathered to celebrate the restaurant’s founder, Chad Houser, who took home the first-place prize of $50,000 in the BBVA Momentum accelerator program for social entrepreneurs.

 

BBVA Compass guests in Dallas were able to learn more about Café Momentum, which provides paid internships to former juvenile offenders. The interns receive intensive culinary, job and life-skills training as well as continued mentoring and support, all of which is designed to foster their successful reentry into the community.

 

A BBVA Compass guest places her order with a Café Momentum intern Thursday night at the bank’s event to celebrate the restaurant’s founder, Chad Houser, who won the first-place prize of $50,000 in the BBVA Momentum accelerator program for social entrepreneurs.

Café Momentum founder Chad Houser told BBVA Compass guests that Thursday’s event also served as the formal announcement of the restaurant’s effort to raise $435,000 for a community services center in the tunnel space beneath Thanks-Giving Square. Plans for the community services center include classroom space, therapy space, a wellness room and access to healthcare, to name a few.

Congratulations BBVA Compass!