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Welcome to Bloom Bakery Where,"Creating Jobs is their Secret Ingredient."
Great things are happening at Bloom Artisan Bakery & Café, (“Bloom Bakery”) where "Creating jobs is their secret ingredient."
Bloom Bakery is a public benefit corporation owned by Towards Employment, Inc—whose mission is to train and place individuals with barriers to employment (the homeless and those who were recently incarcerated) as well as low-income and disadvantaged adults, into full-time employment with Bloom Bakery.
In spring 2016, the organization opened two new artisan bakeries in downtown Cleveland: one at 200 Public Square and the other at 1938 Euclid Avenue across from the Cleveland State University Campus. Total project costs for both projects were $380,000 and $265,000 respectively.
The bakery offers various fresh baked handcrafted treats such as croissants, bagels, brioches, cookies, muffins, sticky buns and healthy breads while also providing a great lunchtime menu selection. Bloom Bakery uses top-of-the-line baking techniques from European artisan bakery specialist Maurice Chaplais.
The City of Cleveland assisted both projects with funding under the Neighborhood Retail Assistance Program (“NRAP”) in the form of two loans, both in the amount of $40,000. The NRAP funds were used to assist with construction & renovation, equipment acquisition, and other project costs related to opening the new full service bakery. Bloom Bakery will create at least 6 new full-time equivalent jobs at each location as a result of both projects.
In Cuyahoga County, 6,000 people return from state prison each year. Bloom Bakery helps returning citizens find jobs by employing graduates from Towards Employment's reentry job readiness training programs, allowing even more people to continue on the path to success.
For more information in regards to Bloom Bakery or about the Neighborhood Retail Assistance Program please contact Stephanie Phillibert at 216.664.3627.
About Towards Employment
Towards Employment is a non-profit organization founded in 1976 that has helped more than 122,000 people prepare for jobs, get jobs, keep jobs, and move up the career ladder. Job placements increased from 245 in 2009 to 465 in 2014; 290 of those placed had a criminal background. Towards Employment provides supportive services as well such as transportation, childcare and tools and uniforms to help people overcome employment barriers. Towards Employment opened 1,027 legal cases—clearing criminal warrants, resolving child support cases, preventing evictions and foreclosures, and resolving credit issues. 11 years ago, Towards Employment added programming specifically designed to give people with involvement in the criminal justice system a second change through gainful employment. Bloom Bakery is the result of this effort.