Shining a Light on Sunflower Bakery Presented by Bus 52
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Sunflower Bakery’s tagline is ‘Where caring is the main ingredient.'”
Based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, Sunflower Bakery is no ordinary bakery. Instead, it “trains adults with disabilities for competitive employment in other baking jobs in other bakeries,” explains Sara Portman Milner, Co-Founder and Co-Director.
She adds that “the organization is really unique because we’re not only a full production bakery, we are a training program for people to actually get the skills they need to be able to work in any bakery and we’re a nonprofit organization at the same time.”
When Laurie Wexler, also a Co-Founder and Co-Director, came to Portman Milner with the idea of starting a bakery that would train adults with disabilities, Portman Milner jumped at the idea.
Combining two of her passions, baking and helping those with disabilities, was a perfect way to make a difference in their community.
Before starting the bakery, Portman Milner had long been “dedicated to giving people opportunities in the mainstream of society rather than in special schools and special programs.”
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