Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-12-06 21:51:26 –
Nashville, Tennessee (WTVF) —Nashville bakeries enjoyed time in the national spotlight while participating in the Holiday Baking Championship Gingerbread Showdown at Food Network.
Chelle Baldwin opened the Sweet Ability Bakery from home seven years ago to offer an opportunity to her 18-year-old daughter Rosie. Rosie was diagnosed with autism at the age of three and had intellectual disability.
“We’ve grown our business slowly, so once she graduates from high school, she has a place to work,” Baldwin said.
Baldwin is the number of children with disabilities who struggle to find and maintain a job as an adult when learning more about daughter diagnosis, and the number of children targeted by predators. I was shocked to know. She wanted to provide a safe place for Rosie and others to learn new skills.
“They have the unique qualities and skills they bring to the table, which are not always found by those looking for a job,” Baldwin said. “They are excited to be there. They are happy to work. They are happy to be productive.”
Rosie is now helping her mother make custom cookies, cakes and pies, and said cherry pies are her favorite. The mother-daughter duo laughs and jokes when baking sweets.
Baldwin’s unique business model has caught the attention of Food Network. She teamed up with an old college friend to compete in the Holiday Baking Championship Gingerbread Showdown. Family and friends gathered at the Ridge Restaurant to cheer her on. She said it was an opportunity to show off her skills and share her story. She wanted to encourage other companies to encourage the employment of people with disabilities.
“After all, there are many people who can sit at home and bring great value to the workplace, but they haven’t been given the opportunity,” said Baldwin.
She said she would like to hire additional employees to work with Rosie in the future. She has a long-term plan to move from her home to a larger commercial kitchen to create space for larger staff.
“We want to create a great and comprehensive community,” Baldwin said. “That is the goal.”
Unfortunately, Baldwin didn’t win the baking contest, but said he enjoyed participating.
For more information on SweetAbility Bakery, please visit: https://www.sweetability.com/
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