NYACK, N.Y. (PIX11) — A speech therapist started out selling baked goods from her home in Nyack with some of her non-verbal patients. Now, the nonprofit bakery employs almost two dozen adults with special needs, helping them earn a paycheck and continue their therapy.
Rising Above Bakery has grown so much they are asking for help to find a permanent storefront location.
Shiri Rue Venny said 20 bakers dealing with an intellectual or developmental disability make all her bread, crackers and cookies.
“This is life experience. They learn how to wash dishes. They learn how to clean the floor. They live life here,” Venny said.
The proof of her success is in the bread. Her pop-up location on 5 North Broadway in Nyack is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and often sells out.
Customers support her mission to empower her employees to live independently by buying delicious goods.
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