Adults eighteen and older with special needs have the opportunity to learn the important skills needed to operate a cafe and bakery. From making a Late, running the register, mixing ingredients, decorating desserts, to packaging finished products and delivering the delicious pastries and challah to your door, our students are involved in it all. 

Friendship Cafe & Bakery was started to address a vocational education gap that occurs for high school graduates with disabilities. Many of these graduates have limited employment options consisting of a narrow range of tasks or community participation programs. Friendship Cafe & Bakery provides an outstanding alternative. 

Participants receive the opportunity to meaningfully contribute to a business in a challenging, safe, supervised environment. The Friendship Cafe & Bakery equips them with valuable skills for employment. Most importantly, it builds independence and self-esteem giving each individual a sense of purpose and ownership for their work, while also giving these trainees the opportunity to earn a small percentage from sales. 

The majority of the preparation will be done independently with Friendship Circle staff checking each step and providing support when needed. There will be a number of volunteers on hand to assist when necessary.

The Friendship Cafe & Bakery Program is for:

This program is tailored for independent adults with special needs who do not require one-on-one assistance with a staff member or volunteer. 

Friendship Cafe & Bakery Program: 

Participants will learn the process of running the register, making coffee, preparing different pastries and bread products, kitchen and food preparation skills, and social interaction skills. 

The Friendship Cafe & Bakery will have its desserts and challah distributed to individuals and local organizations, so participants will be responsible for baking on schedule to meet demand. 

The beautiful array of mouth-watering pastries, challah and desserts will be baked under the guidance and tutelage of award-winning pastry chef, Dina Menzl-Russo.

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All products are kosher pareve - Pas Yisroel, and is under the strict kosher supervision the WI-K (Kosher Supervisors of Wisconsin).