Bakery In Rochester Helping Kids With Autism
A bakery in Rochester, NH is giving back to the community in a big way. Potter’s House Bakery and Café is providing opportunities for kids on the autism spectrum.
Owners Sue and Tim Wilson tell Fosters.com that they created Potter’s House specifically “as a way to provide life and job skill training for young adults on the spectrum.” The restaurant is working with Center for Autism and Related Disabilities New England, known as CARD, to offer jobs to teens and young adults with an interest in the food industry.
According to Fosters.com, the Wilson's and CARD NE have partnered on a seven week introductory to job skills program for people 17 years and older. This program is in addition to a 10 week program that Potter’s House has participated in twice a year since their opening in May 2018.
The Wilson's tell Fosters.com they want kids on the spectrum to realize they “have a purpose and they have so much to give back to society if people just give them a chance.”
The article says that Potter’s House, in partnership with CARD NE, is offering opportunities in both the bakery and in a classroom space next door. What do some of the jobs entail? Everything from waiting tables, service coffee, food prep, and even squeezing lemons for the café’s fresh squeezed lemonade!
If you know someone with autism and think this would be a great opportunity, the tuition for the seven week course is $350.00 and you can find out more information at pottershousebakery.com.