My Place & My Gluten Free Bread Company

My Place

My Place, Inc. is for young people, 16-23 year olds, who are in chronic crisis due to homelessness, insufficient education, joblessness, mental health disability and other at-risk factors.

Comprehensive services include:
* Life coaching
* HS/GED completion
* Workforce development wages
* Independent housing
* Matched savings

Thanks to many supporters, My Place had a monumental 2012. The focus shifted from emergency shelter for older homeless and at-risk youth to adulthood modeling.

Through My Place, they are acquiring job skills, life skills and paving the way towards a bright, self-sufficient future!

In order to fund My Place, a social enterprise called My Gluten-Free Bread Co. was launched in March 2012. After much research was gathered along with consultations with local hospitals, dieticians, and the Celiac association, My Place founders decided to open My GF Bread Co to train and/or employ youth, and more importantly, to begin them on a sustainable career path. They don’t hire youth to bake bread, but bake bread to hire youth.

This is a ground-breaking, state demonstration project to end youth hopelessness and exodus from rural counties.

My Gluten Free Bread Company

My Gluten Free Bread Company was born in a strategic planning session, not around baking bread, but how to employ young people and sustain the programs of My Place. Launched in March 2012, this social enterprise is based on the Greyston Bakery model.

My Gluten Free Bread Company:
*Has contracts with Ingles and Earthfare in two states (NC and SC)

*Has a culinary training program that’s approved as one of only two pre-apprenticeship programs by NC Dept of Labor

*Partners with 10 food service employers for graduate job placement

*Received a state funded contract for 30 job placements by the end of 2013

The bread company is on track to fully fund the youth programs by 2014.

We’re close, and your support or continued support is extremely important. All eyes are on Hendersonville because this state demonstration project is a ground-breaking, duplicable initiative to end youth hopelessness and exodus from rural counties.

4/18/2014