Women who are experiencing homelessness, involved with the criminal justice system, or facing long-term unemployment can find community … and a second chance at Together We Bake. Its small baking business doubles as a comprehensive workforce training and personal development program, where team members work together to bake, market, and sell delicious, homemade treats – all while mastering practical skills in food production and safety, product packaging, customer service, and business administration. Through daily empowerment and life skills groups, participants gain self-awareness and self-esteem; in the company of their peers, they learn to trust and heal, to acknowledge past mistakes and choose a positive path for their futures.Trained volunteer job counselors provide one-on-one support to develop career plans, and 72% of graduates are employed within 12 months. For women who have lost hope, your support can restore it.
Headquarters: VA-City of Alexandria
Where They Operate: VA-City of Alexandria
Age Groups Served: Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49)
Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Women/Girls
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Awards & Recognition
• TWB was chosen as the Best Non-Profit by the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce (October 2018).
• Senator Tim Kaine visited TWB for a roundtable conversation with TWB alumni and staff (June 2018).
• TWB was chosen as a recipient of the Goods and Services Initiative between Street Sense and Washington Area Community Investment Fund (February 2018).
• TWB honored as “Recovery Champions” by the City of Alexandria Department of Community and Human Services (September 2017).
• Elizabeth Bennett, TWB Co-Director, was recognized by the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce as one of the Top 40 leaders under the age of 40 (April 2017).
• TWB received a Creator Award from WeWork recognizing our innovative and successful job training and empowerment model (March 2017).
• TWB was part of the White House Champions of Change for Expanding Fair Chance Opportunities. Stephanie participated in an "armchair conversation" with Valerie Jarrett, a former senior advisor to the Obama Administration (April 2016).
• TWB's founders, Tricia Sabatini and Stephanie Wright, received the Leadership in Business and Career Development Award presented by The Alexandria Commission for Women during the 36th Annual Salute to Women Awards (March 2016).
• Co-Founder Stephanie Wright was appointed by Governor McAuliffe as a Member of the Criminal Justice Services Board (June 2015)
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