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Choice Hotels Celebrates with Sunflower Bakery

Choice Hotels Celebrates with Sunflower Bakery

Choice Hotels included Sunflower Bakery at their Disability Inclusion Celebration for being named “One of the Best Places to Work for People with Disabilities.” Sunflower Bakery provided cakes for their event and Daphna Raskas, Executive Director, was honored to be invited to speak at their Celebration. The following article appeared in the Voice of Choice… Read More

Meet Eliana Reiter

Meet Eliana Reiter

Meet Eliana Reiter, a recent Bnei Mitzvah participant and a wonderful Sunflower Bakery volunteer The following is an excerpt from her Bat Mitzvah speech (May 28, 2018): This year I participated in the Sunflower Bakery Bnei Mitzvah Seeds Program. Sunflower bakery is a non-profit bakery that employs young adults with disabilities and teaches them to… Read More

Feivel’s Sunflower Journey

Feivel’s Sunflower Journey

Written by Feivel Cohen,  April 29, 2018. Well today completes the journey I started a long time ago with Cafe Sunflower & Bakery. When I was 17 years old is when it all began. I was just a high schooler with no job at the time and was melting my brain during after school hours… Read More

Meet Douglas, our Assistant Manager at Cafe Sunflower

Meet Douglas, our Assistant Manager at Cafe Sunflower

An interview with Douglas Olinger, our Café Sunflower Assistant Manager. Douglas has been with us for 18 months, since September 2016. He is a graduate of the Sunflower Bakery Pastry Arts Employment Training Program. What brought you to Sunflower? I have always liked baking. I finished college where I majored in physics and I did… Read More

Ms. New York America visits Cafe Sunflower

Ms. New York America visits Cafe Sunflower

In my recent visit to Cafe Sunflower I was struck by the warm welcome I received, the friendly employees and the quality of the baked goods on hand. I am the reigning Ms. New York America 2018 and I flew to the D.C. in an effort to learn more about Sunflower Bakery and Cafe Sunflower…. Read More

My Experience in the Bnei Mitzvah Program

My name is Elka Green & I am in the Bnei Mitzvah program. Every Sunday we go to the bakery or the cafe. We first talk about the Sunflower Bakery and what they do. We once spoke about our 5 senses and how important they are. We put gloves on with some of our fingers… Read More

Our very loyal customers from NIH

Our very loyal customers from NIH

When Michael was asked to describe our NIH patrons from next door, he answered succinctly “loyal customers.” Loyal customers they are indeed. Two years ago, William Barker, who the group calls Bill or “the Chief,” had heard that there was a café in the new Jewish Federation Building. There was only one problem, he didn’t… Read More

An inspiring message to our graduates

An inspiring message to our graduates

Steve Rakitt, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, honored us June 8 at our Annual Appreciation and Graduation Event with a beautiful message to our graduates. Steve has been an inspirational Sunflower Bakery advocate and has had a significant impact on expanding the leadership role of the Jewish community in providing greater access… Read More

The Benefits of Baking

The Benefits of Baking

At Sunflower Bakery, we know firsthand about the many benefits of baking which is why we are so focused on equipping young adults with skills for successful employment in baking and related food industries. A wonderful example is Steven Eig, a 2012 graduate of Sunflower who, as a part of his training, interned and was… Read More

11 Fast, Fun Facts About Purim You Didn’t Know

11 Fast, Fun Facts About Purim You Didn’t Know

Purim is right around the corner. It’s the story of the celebration of Queen Esther of Persia. Many know the story as it is recounted in the Megillah, also known as the Book of Esther in the Bible. But there are lots of fun, interesting facts about Purim, you might not know. Here are 11 Fast,… Read More

At Sunflower Bakery, February is not just for Valentines

February is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM), uniting Jewish communities worldwide to help foster more inclusive Jewish communities that emphasize the value, dignity and capabilities of each and every individual. Originally founded as a national effort in 2009 by the Jewish Special Education International Consortium, the Greater Washington Jewish Community was among the… Read More

Dillon’s Story – From Learning Struggles and Depression to Making Dreams Come True

Dillon’s Story – From Learning Struggles and Depression to Making Dreams Come True

Dillon’s depression started when he was in high school. He remembers getting picked on, feeling left out and having no friends. His ADHD and learning challenges were all too familiar. For a long time, “There were days I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it”, Dillon remembers. But he did. In fact, these… Read More

How Sunflower Bakery Helps People with Learning Disabilities Get Jobs

How Sunflower Bakery Helps People with Learning Disabilities Get Jobs

According to the Montgomery County Commission on People with Disabilities Annual Report 2016, 70% of young adults with disabilities ages 17-34 have cognitive disabilities and 55% of Montgomery County Public School students with disabilities ages 3-21 are students with autism, a specific learning disability or speech/language impairment. As you can imagine, if you’re a young adult with a… Read More

Meet a Very Special Sunflower Bakery Patron

An Interview with Carol Trawick of the Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation “G-d wanted Sunflower Bakery to happen,” Carol Trawick announced as she sat down to speak with me in Café Sunflower. She explained, “The Jim & Carol Trawick Foundation was already funding Sunflower Bakery at the time, and we had already fallen in love… Read More