Flemington bake shop cooks up jobs opportunities

November 13, 2013 by  

Flemington’s streets received a new lease on life at the beginning of November, when Ability2Work, a not-for-profit organization, took over the building that formerly housed The Baker’s Treat.

Karen Monroy started Ability2Work in June 2012, when her son graduated from Branchburg’s Midland School. Monroy’s mission in creating the nonprofit was to benefit the community and people with disabilities, and Baker’s Treat will provide them with a chance to work and support themselves. According to Monroy, it’s important that people start to think about what people with disabilities are able to do, instead of paying attention to tasks they cannot perform.

The Baker’s Treat in Flemington had a history of supporting disadvantaged people. Before closing in May 2012, the bakery provided training and employment to people recovering from alcohol and drug addiction. Along with providing help to those who needed it, the pastry shop was a mainstay in the community for 13 years.

Although there is no word on when the bakery will reopen, a ‘Reopening Soon’ sign, perhaps produced by a local printing company, sits in its front yard.

The facility is equipped with both a training kitchen and a production kitchen. There is also a retail area and cafe. Currently, all the fixtures from when the bakery closed in 2012 are still inside.

Ability2Work plans on being a self-sustaining non-profit within a year’s time. The group is currently collecting donations to cover the costs of start-up. People can visit the organization’s website to learn more about it, meet some of the people who might work at the bakery, and make a donation.