Construction has begun at the Special Touch Bakery on Mt. Read Boulevard, with the bakery expected to open this fall.
The facility, to be operated by Rochester School of the Holy Childhood Inc. will create more than 25 jobs in its first year in business and up to 40 positions by year five. It will employ and train workers at a variety of ability levels.
Holy Childhood serves more than 200 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Services include individualized education, vocations training and transition training.
The new bakery expands upon legacy pie-baking operations that have been underway as vocational training at Holy Childhood for more than 30 years. The organization is known widely in the community for its pies.
Special Touch Bakery will become a separately incorporated not-for-profit corporation focused on food production.
The $2.6 million project received a grant of up to $481,000 from the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council.
“The operation will be a tremendous community asset; not only will it enable us to exponentially increase pie production and create new jobs and training opportunities, but it will provide skills to people who are most in need of opportunities for work in our community,” said Donna Dedee, Holy Childhood president and CEO.
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