Special Touch Bakery celebrates grand opening of new location

Ashley helps the staff at Special Touch Bakery make the famous apple crumb pies inside their new kitchen on Mt. Read Boulevard this morning. (Image courtesy Special Touch Bakery)

Rochester, N.Y. -- Special Touch Bakery has been providing training and job opportunities for people with disabilities and providing the community with delicious pies for 35 years.

A division of Holy Childhood, the bakery is celebrating the grand opening of its new location on Mt. Read Boulevard Tuesday.

Ashley Doerzbacher visited the new, state-of-the-art facility and helped make some pies this morning, and also introduced us to some of the people who help bake those famous pies.

The 20,000 square-foot bakery will offer competitive, community-based employment and training opportunities where co-workers with and without disabilities will work side-by-side. The bakery expands upon the legacy of the pie-baking operation that has served as vocational training at Holy Childhood for more than 30 years.

It's where you'll find Anthony Genazzio making some of the best apple crumb pies you'll ever taste.

"I like to work on pies, and also like being with my coworkers," he told 13WHAM.

He and his coworkers are now making the famous Special Touch Bakery Pies in their brand new space.

John Schwartz has been both a board member with both Holy Childhood and the bakery for more than four decades and has watched it grow.

"I've always wanted to go public with this idea, but I never thought it would go this large scale!" he said.

“We are so proud to see this enterprise come to fruition," said Donna Dedee, President and CEO of Holy Childhood. "It is an opportunity to celebrate people’s abilities, as they work together in a common purpose to make the Special Touch Bakery successful.”

The bakery also aims to provide opportunities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to learn food production and service skills while earning a paycheck.

The $2.6 million bakery aims to create more than 25 jobs in one year and at least 40 new jobs by year five of its operation. Proceeds from the bakery will benefit the non-profit, non-denominational agency.

Holy Childhood serves more than 200 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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