Bakery Gives Opportunities

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

July 24, 2006

There is a local bakery that acts as a non-profit, but competes in the corporate world--and with the help of it's unique staff has been a success.

"I love it here. I've got all nice friends here," said Crystal Hensley who works at BreadWorks.

BreadWorks has a unique hiring system. They employ about 20 people--half of whom have disabilities.

"As they've been here, they've actually shown a great ability to learn and I'm continually astounded by what they've been able to achieve," said Jim Barber BreadWorks Operations Manager.

It is a non-profit that gets funding and staff from Worksource Enterprises--who employ people with disabilities. Their president agrees BreadWorks is a great place for them to work.

"It's just a fun place to work. Very upbeat, uplifting, and again, just quality products," said president of Worksource Enterprises Chuck McElroy.

Employees do everything from measuring, to mixing, to baking to assembling. But many wouldn't do anything without this job.

"You've got something different to do everyday," said employee Marie Wills.

When asked what she would do otherwise, she said nothing.

It's not all work and no play.

"Willie Nelson, Old Willie," said one of the longest employees. They he broke into song singing, "Roll It Again," which they sing at work.

Worksource has placed about 500 people with disabilities in our region into jobs.

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