Our Program includes servsafe certification
Our goal is to create a pathway for people to gain employable skills in order for them to earn a living wage and attain self-sufficiency. The training program consists of 10 week-long learning modules. Fifteen to twenty people will be enrolled in each class. We provide the soft skills training that employers expect in their candidates. Highly trained bakers teach the hard skills that will create opportunities for higher salaries, increased productivity, and job promotions. Program participants are also required to take ServSafe training, giving our graduates an additional certification desired by employers. Wrap-around support services are provided by the Rise and Shine full-time professional case manager. We know that successful outcomes for each individual require holistic plans for making sustainable changes to long held circumstantial and behavioral patterns.
We partner with other social service agencies, and financial literacy instructors to provide the best opportunities and self-confidence for program participants to succeed in overcoming their barriers to employment.
How Rise and Shine Began
In 2011, The Light House initiated a culinary training program. More than 450 individuals have graduated from that program. Over 90% of those graduates have gone on to gain and sustain employment. The culinary training program served as a pipeline to The Light House Bistro, a 60-seat restaurant in downtown Annapolis that hires graduates of the culinary training program. Now in its fifth year of operation, the Bistro continues to employ people overcoming homelessness while operating in the black. The outcomes for the people working at The Bistro have been simply extraordinary, with many employees being promoted and then finding sustainable employment in other sectors. Elizabeth and Pam recognized that this model could and should be replicated. Based on the employment needs in the baking industry and with the confidence that training a diverse group of vulnerable populations could meet those needs, the Rise and Shine Bakery training program was launched. They put together a diverse and talented Board of Directors comprised of leaders in the baking industry and community members with needed start-up skills and experience.
Additionally, an Advisory Board was established to provide expertise in developing the curriculum, mentoring the growth of the Rise and Shine program and serving as guest instructors. The team has spent two years developing an extensive step-by-step curriculum and training program.