Please support our “Together We Change Lives”
end of year giving campaign.
Your support truly changes the lives of deserving women!
(If you are more comfortable sending a check, you can mail it to Together We Bake c/o Downtown Baptist Church, 212 South Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Thank you!)
Founded in 2012, Together We Bake is an empowerment based job training program for women in need of a second chance within the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Together We Bake’s mission is to provide a comprehensive workforce training and personal development program to help women gain self-confidence, transferable workforce skills, and invaluable hands-on experience which will allow them to find sustainable employment and move toward self-sufficiency.
Together We Bake is centered around a micro baking business located in Downtown Baptist Church in Alexandria, VA. The program has 3 sessions per year, each lasting for 8 weeks in which the women learn and participate in Food Production, Food Safety Education, Product Packaging and Delivery, and Customer Service.
Through the program, the women acquire the skills to make our original products, Chocolate Chip Cookies and Cinnamon Pecan Granola, along with our newer product line FruitCycle, Cinnamon Apple Chips and Trail Mix. They also gain real world experience while helping in the distribution of our products at locations like, Whole Foods Market and the Del Ray Farmers’ Market. By the end the program, the women have built a wealth of knowledge that help them to gain and sustain employment.
Check out some of our program statistics:
82% program completion rate
90% passage rate for the ServSafe exam
8% recidivism rate
60% employment rate
100% empowered women!
Our personal development curriculum helps the women gain self-awareness and self-esteem, as well as, encourage responsibility and accountability. These “soft” skills, developing communication and decision making skills, help the women sustain their employment. The developed skills are transferable to all industries. The women are not limited to food service, but rather may find employment where their interests and passion takes them.
Program Dates 2017:
Click here to learn more about applying.
Winter 2017 Session January 17 – March 9
Spring 2017 Session April 18 – June 8
Fall 2017 Session September 13 – November 2