Dv8 Kitchen Vocational Training Foundation Inc
Contact Information
Nonprofit Dv8 Kitchen Vocational Training Foundation Inc
Phone (859) 321-5600
Contact Name Rob Perez
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2018
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
donations can be made by:
- Mail: 23 Avenue of Champions Nicholasville KY 40356 
- Online: www.dv8kitchen.com 
Volunteering opportunities: Conducting a weekly workshop, work along side of staff and customers, professional services, grant writing, special event planning and operations, etc. Inquire at info@dv8kitchen.com
In-kind gifts: work pants, work shoes, food permit expenses, on-going education expenses, educational or trade school scholarships, etc. Inquire at info@dv8kitchen.com
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement

Building a Bakery that Changes Lives

DV8 Kitchen was opened in August 2017 with the hopes of providing jobs to people in the early stages of addiction recovery.  We dreamed that we could offer great food, service and atmosphere to our guests - better than our competitors.  The hope was that better quality would build pride and satisfaction in our staff, show our customers that men and women with a past are more than worthy to employ and build DV8 Kitchen into a sustainable business.  Thanks to the wonderful people of the Bluegrass, we believe DV8 Kitchen is meeting our hopes, dreams and goals.

We now believe that the next opportunity is to build a DV8 Bakery.  This bakery would teach second chance employees the trade of baking and elevate their earning potential.  We would supply wholesale bread to restaurant, food venues and retail outlets.  To this end, we have founded the Dv8 Kitchen Vocational Training Foundation, Inc.  


Background Statement

Diane Perez had a vision on how to best serve God and her community,  She felt it important to use her experiences in the family restaurant business and address people in early stages of addiction recovery, as her husband Rob, is an alcoholic. Diane had a vision of a concept named DV8 Kitchen which would serve fresh baked products and great food in an open restaurant environment. This concept would employ men and women that creates an environment dedicated to high standards, accountability and love. 

Over the course of the next 18 months, Diane & Rob researched second Chance Employment Business nationally. They reached out to the local organizations which would work in conjunction with DV8 Kitchen to validate the need for a Second Chance Restaurant/business. Based on our research, we found there is a great need for this in Lexington.  
The Perez's connected with churches, half-way houses and local non-profit organizations dedicated to the individuals dealing with recovery, homelessness and incarceration rehabilitation. Here is what some of them said….


Max Apple, Southland Christian Church

"To truly break cycles of homelessness and poverty, I believe we need to provide job training and job placement opportunities for those who want to work. Many times, background issues keep people who really want to work from being hired. We must not allow our past to define us. We all need second chances in life. This dynamic initiative provides hope for those in need."


Jerod Thomas, Shepherd’s House

“In recovery, the most important factor is the belief in God. The second leading factor is heathy employment. Without a job, recovery is near impossible. A job is the link to rebuilding self-work and self-respect in a person.”


Tay Henderson, Lighthouse MinistriesSome of our men do not have a trade and have never held down a job for over a month at a time.  The program DV8 has put together is a concept that will support programs such as ours when they begin to look for a job and a career.  To give that person a chance at being successful. The people behind DV8 Kitchen understand sobriety, safe environments, and accountability.  They are willing to work with and train their employees to be successful and have pride in the quality of work that they do. Willingness, determination and hard work are the keys here to be successful.”

To this end, both DV8 Kitchen and DV8 Kitchen Vocational Training Foundation, Inc. was created.


Impact Statement

Kentucky is among the top ten states with the highest opioid-related overdose deaths and it is essential that we find a solution. Members of the Lexington community are dying every single day due to drug use and we cannot continue to turn a blind eye. Mothers, fathers, uncles, aunts, sons, and daughters are struggling with substance abuse in our neighborhoods and the problem must be addressed. At DV8, we seek to help become a part of the solution through providing means for former addicts to break the cycle of substance abuse. It is our hope that if these people find jobs and can begin to earn a living through routine, they will be able to break away from prior habits. 

Contrary to popular belief, recovered addicts are more than capable of positively contributing to society. If business owners were to recognize that these individuals are oftentimes incredibly motivated, competent, dedicated, and hardworking, it is clear that they are worth the risk of hiring. If more people were added to the workforce, despite their checkered past, Lexington's economy would flourish. Too often addicts are looked down upon for their previous struggles, yet there is so much more to their story.

DV8 Kitchen has partnered with residential living facilities that serve people in recovery. The restaurant employs the residents that are ready to enter the workforce while maintaining contact with the organizations to ensure optimal results. Sharing resources and information is vital when dealing with recovery and together we hold the individuals accountable. We expect them to work a twelve-step program, maintain sobriety validated through weekly testing, and follow the guidelines set in place. Through doing so, we hope to provide the best possible experience for all parties involved.

Besides offering employment to former addicts, DV8 Kitchen aims to help second-chance employees learn valuable life skills. Employees attend weekly workshops where Lexingtonian businessmen and women speak about their experiences and offer advice applicable to everyday life.

DV8 Kitchen Vocational Training Foundation Inc. works in partnership with DV8 Kitchen.  The mission is to teach second chance employees the trade of baking to elevate their earning potential, outfits employees with uniforms and food handler permits.  Additionally, we share the restaurant/bakery's mission with other businesses to encourage the introduction of opportunities for second chance employees in the Lexington community. We provide these services to foster relationships with people in the community and build employees' self-esteem while creating a positive work environment.
Needs Statement
Goal: To increase DV8 Kitchen Vocational Training Foundation, Inc annual sales from 2018 sales of $160,000 to $400,000 in 2019.
- train 5 bakers ($3,000 per baker) - $15,000
- on-going training (HACCP, Food Safety, technical bakery training)  - $12,000
- develop packaging, labeling, nutritional information,
- software & hardware for ordering, invoicing, tracking and pricing  - $15,000
- larger oven - $18,000 
- delivery truck - $15,000 
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy /
Tertiary Organization Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building / Business and Industry
Geographic Areas Served
Our restaurant and bakery serves both the residents of the Bluegrass and tourist.  We will serve over 800,000 guest in 2018. 
Our wholesales business provides baked goods for restaurants, food venues and entertainment complexes in Fayette County with the hopes of growing into the 5 adjacent counties - Scott, Clark, Boyle, Jessamine and Woodford.
Board Chair
Board Chair Melissa Dean
Company Affiliation Dean Builds
Term July 2018 to Dec 2020
Board Members
Chris Chaffin BankingVoting
Melissa Dean Dean BuildsVoting
Andrew Eaton PastorVoting
Brian Martin public serviceVoting
Diane Perez Dv8 Kitchen, Saul Good Restaurant Voting
Jeremiah Sizemore Vinagarette, Breakout GamesVoting
Donna Smith SK&W CPAsVoting
Andrea Williams Attorney Voting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 60%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 1%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Additional Board Members and Affiliations
Max Appel pastor, board advisor
Jani Lewis Natalie's Sisters
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Diane Perez
Term Start July 2018
Email diane@dv8kitchen.com
Full Time Staff 7
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 3
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 60%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
Description Complete technical training to make fresh, artisanal bread - croissants, cinnamon rolls, hoagies, brioche buns and sourdough loaves, from scratch with no preservatives.  Includes packaging, labeling, storage and health safety procedures.
Budget $15,000
Population Served , ,

HACCP, Food Safety, technical bakery training  

Budget $12,000.00
Population Served , ,

Employees are paid to attend weekly workshops where Lexington businessmen and women speak about their experiences and offer advice applicable to everyday life. Outside experts cover a wide variety of subjects and experiences with the staff including pain management with out opioids strategies, trauma recovery, personal finances, yoga / mindfulness, mothers who have lost children to addiction, etc.. We provide these services to better prepare the staff for life in recovery, foster relationships with the community and build employees' self-esteem and create a positive work environment.

Budget $10,000
Population Served , ,
Description Bakery jackets, work pants, shoes, personal bakery tools are not typically easy for second chance employees to afford.
Budget $2,500.00
Population Served , ,
Description We hope to form a Scholarship Program for DV8 employees who have demonstrated a year of dedication to recovery/sobriety, high standards at work and a desire to seek further educational or trade opportunities. 
Budget $10,000.00
Population Served , ,
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $160,000.00
Projected Expenses $160,000.00
Endowment Value $0.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage 0%
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$199----
Administration Expense------
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses30.78----
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%----
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$5,926----
Current Assets$5,926----
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$5,926----
Form 990s
2017 990
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Campaign Purpose bakery - building, leasehold improvement and equipment
Goal $750,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Foundation Staff Comments This organization received its 501c3 status in July 2018 and does not yet have a full year of financial information.
Primary Phone 859 321-5600
Contact Email rob@dv8kitchen.com
CEO/Executive Director Diane Perez
Board Chair Melissa Dean
Board Chair Company Affiliation Dean Builds