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House of Bread on the Rise

THREE YEARS AGO, three women mixed up a recipe
of hope and help and connection. They offered their vision
to the community. And it took.
Today, House of Bread is located at West End
Presbyterian Church, cooks in the nearby LEAP Kitchen
and sells bread and baked goods on designated Fridays. The
group has worked with 36 underprivileged women and are
set to serve another dozen through the end of 2020. They've
gathered 70 volunteers to help and raised tens of thousands
of community dollars to keep the program moving forward.
"The hope is that we make a really big difference in a
small number of people's lives - and then those people
have a ripple effect," says Lisa Goad, House of Bread's
program manager and only paid employee.
The concept from the beginning was simple: volunteers
bake with previously incarcerated women who are looking
for a path to employment. Each woman earns skills in
cooking, marketing and customer service and is paired
with a mentor who can answer questions and open doors.
Volunteers are introduced to the people behind the
statistics, breaking down stereotypes. The bread they bake
together is sold to the community.
Cynthia Lawrence has mentored three House of Bread
participants over the years. As a businesswoman and
community leader, she felt she had skills and perspectives
to offer. She quickly realized the relationships she formed
with the women would be key.
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"I had to spend some time with each of them to
find out where they were in their journey."
The wheres and hows of the program have evolved
over the years. In 2020, there will be three eightweek sessions, serving four to six participants each.
Volunteers and women bake once a week, producing
enough bread, scones and granola to support half the
cost of the session. Any woman who would benefit from
the program may apply. Most are referred from local
agencies such as Total Action for Progress, the Rescue
Mission or drug court.
But the connection between volunteers and
participants remains central.
"We want people to realize that when somebody
comes out of prison or jail or is struggling with
substance abuse that, first and foremost, they are
still a person. They're not so different from us," Goad
explains.
Baking bread together is more than symbolic. "It's
so easy to have a conversation with someone you have
nothing in common with when you're standing side by
side with your arms in a bucket of dough," she says.
The group has big dreams for the future. They
envision a cafe or coffeeshop where program sessions
could run continuously, where a diverse community
could gather, and where program graduates could be
employed.
At the moment there is not money or staffing to
bring the vision to life.
But a year ago, House of Bread began hosting
dinners at West End Presbyterian Church. The idea
was to create a place for graduates and volunteers to
keep in touch. What emerged was something bigger.
Now, on the first Friday of each month, church
members, West End residents, House of Bread
volunteers and graduates share a meal. Anyone is
welcome. Goad says she's seen people from all walks
of life sit down together.
"Something good is happening in that room," she
says.
It's become one ripple from House of Bread's work
in the world.
House of Bread's spring session begins mid-April.
Head to houseofbreadroanoke.com for details on how
to pre-order and where the bread will be sold.
-CHRISTINA NIFONG

TheRoanoker.com

COURTESY OF HOUSE OF BREAD

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