Sweet Sixteen: Create Opportunity, One Bite At A Time, One Job At A Time
Maha landed on the shores of the United States of America in August 2013 with her three young children ages 1, 6 and 10. Originally from Iraq, she sought political asylum through way of Jordan. To this day her husband remains in Jordan, unable to join his family.
The road to employment was paved with challenges. Many refugees, immigrants and aslyees must wait for well over a year to gain work authorization papers. This makes the road to self-sufficiency even more challenging. Maha spent close to two years in a foreign land, desperate for a job.
In March of 2015, Maha was referred to The Bread Project by a local a Refugee Program. She heard our Bakery Bootcamp™ Program had been a pathway to employment for many other refugees. Maha was determined to enroll, graduate and get a job.
Baking is a skill that is replicable and transferable across cultures and languages. Maha took naturally to baking. She moved through the kitchen with ease and became a team leader for her peers. Maha also translated for Arabic speaking students who had not yet learned English.
After graduation, Maha submitted her resumes to local businesses. With steadfast determination, she found her first job in the U.S. as a Cake Decorator at Safeway. Safeway offers competitive rates and a full benefits package for Maha.
Today, Maha continues to work as a Cake Decorator. She can now make up to over 300 cakes or pies in one shift! She is thrilled with her position and beams with pride of her ability to support her children.
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ABOUT THE BREAD PROJECT
The Bread Project has helped almost 1,700 hundred low-income people become self-sufficient through the art of baking. We train them and help them find jobs.
Your tax-deductible donation helps support our Bakery Bootcamp, so we can continue to train students and empower them on their path to self-sufficiency.
From our 16 years of experience we know baking is a skill that is replicable and transferable across all cultures and languages. We serve marginalized people facing multiple barriers to employment. This includes refugees, the re-entry population (ex-offenders or those with records), and other individuals looking to rebuild their lives. Each year an average of 260 refugees come from war-torn countries such as Iran, Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan and are resettled in our counties (Alameda and Contra Costa). Many arrive with little or no resources, friends or family. Alongside our refugee population, we also work with the formerly incarcerated. Despite having served their time, they remain ostracized by society when reintegrating with the community.
The Bread Project provides training, a positive environment, a strong network of support and the pathway for a job. This is the lifeline they need to build a better future.
Help us transform lives and donate today. All donations are tax-deductible.