Friendship Bakery

The Friendship Bakery is a social enterprise for adults with special needs. The program teaches skills that will enable its participants to qualify for a job in the food service industry.

The Friendship Bakery is a transitional program which is dedicated to preparing its participants for securing and maintaining a job in the community, specifically within the restaurant business. Each week the group meets in a professional kitchen and bakes delicious challah. The bakers acquire skills such as measuring, identification and correct use of ingredients and equipment, kitchen safety and cleanliness, and basic business management. The Bakery is a warm, vibrant and happy place where each participant learns and grows while having a great time.
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Each week the Friendship Bakery bakes fresh Challah which is available for purchase and pick up at $4 each. You can also pre-pay for your pick up online using the form below.
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Join The Friendship Bakery

The Friendship Bakery is a transitional program which is dedicated to preparing its participants for securing and maintaining a job in the community, specifically within the restaurant business. A majority of the preparation process will be done independently, with Friendship Circle staff checking steps and providing additional support. There will be a couple volunteers on hand to assist when necessary.

Who is it for:

This program is tailored for independent adults with special needs who do not require a 1-on-1 volunteer.

Friendship Bakery Programs:

Challah Baking:

The Friendship Bakery meets weekly. Participants will learn the process of baking challah bread, and will learn a number of social, kitchen and food preparation skills in the process. The Friendship Bakery will have its challah sold at local stores, so participants will be responsible for baking the challah on schedule to meet demand.

The Details:

Program Capacity: 10 Participants
Location: Milk & Honey’s catering kitchen located in the JCC
Fee: Winter Session fee is $275
Date and Times: Bakers meet on Thursdays from 4:30pm-7:30pm
Fall 2016
Sept 8, 15, 22, 29
Oct 6, 13, 27
Nov 3, 10, 17
Dec 1, 8, 15
Winter 2017
Jan 12, 19, 26
Feb 2, 9, 16, 23
March 2, 16, 23
Spring 2017
April 20, 27
May 4, 11, 18
June 8, 15, 22

Challah Sales Programs:

Participants will sell challahs in a number of locations throughout Metro Detroit. This program will help teach basic business skills, including marketing and sales.

The Details:

Program Capacity: three Participants
Fee: Winter Session fee is $100
Date and Times: Challah Sellers meet on Fridays from 8am-11:15am
Fall 2016
Sept 9, 16, 23, 30
Oct 7, 14, 28
Nov 4, 11, 18
Dec 2, 9, 16
Winter 2017
Jan 13, 20, 27
Feb 3, 10, 17, 24
March 3. 17. 24
Spring 2017
April 21, 28
May 5, 12, 19
June 9, 16, 23

Skills

Participants of the Bakery will acquire and develop these skills:
Baking Skills
  • Measuring and pouring
  • Identification and correct use of ingredients and equipment
  • Following a recipe
  • Kneading and rolling out dough
  • Braiding the challah
  • Pre-heating and using an oven
  • Using a scale for accurate weights
Life Skills
  • Hand washing
  • Kitchen safety
  • Time management
  • Scheduling
  • Hygiene
  • Cleaning up after oneself
Social Skills
  • Communicating in a job environment
  • Learning about job etiquette
  • Delegation of tasks
  • Group work
Business Skills
  • Basic business management
  • Marketing a product
  • Sales to local business and private buyers
  • Deliveries
  • Restaurant work

Schedule an Intake:

If you would like to learn more about the Friendship Baker please fill out the form below or email [email protected]

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