Founded in 1982, Special Touch Bakery was launched by Holy Childhood as a means to train and employ people with intellectual and developmental disabilities alongside their non-disabled peers. At Special Touch, a baker is a baker-- they celebrate all abilities!
Holy Childhood is a non-profit agency, which serves more than 200 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, in its School Program (ages 5-21) and in its Adult Program, which serves people from age 21 through retirement. Services include individualized education, vocational training, transition and skills training, supported employment and diagnostic and treatment services.
In addition to their inspiring purpose, Holy Childhood was recognized in 2017 by the Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation with an "ETHIE" Award for their ethical, conscious culture. It's hard to believe that it's been a year since Conscious Capitalism ROC and Rochester Rotary helped celebrate the grand opening of the newly expanded special touch bakery!
In this episode, Andrew sits down with Holy Childhood's President & CEO Donna Dedee (whose career has spanned from television journalism to Senior Vice President at the United Way to CEO of Bishop Kearney high school) as well as Public Relations Manager Laurie Otto.
Learn about how the growing facility has helped Special Touch to grow their mission over this past year, and don't forget to order your #BestPieEver before November 16th to get it in time for Thanksgiving!