The grand opening of the Special Touch Bakery in Rochester was held Tuesday.
The fully-integrated environment will offer competitive, community-based employment and training opportunities where co-workers with and without disabilities will work side-by-side.
“We’re providing jobs in the community for as many people as possible in an integrated setting in the community that really promotes the concept of inclusion,” said Dona Dedee, president and CEO of Holy Childhood.
The new $2.6 million 20,000 square foot bakery on Mt. Read Blvd. will create more than 25 jobs in year one and at least 40 new jobs by year five of its operation. To assist Holy Childhood with the construction of the state-of-the-art facility, Empire State Development supported the project with a grant of up to $481,000.
Proceeds from the bakery will benefit the non-profit, non-denominational agency.
The bakery opens to the public on Wednesday, Oct. 25.
For more about Holy Childhood and the Special Touch Bakery, click here.