Written by Damien Monaco Friday, 14 August 2009 00:00On behalf of all of us involved with the Sweet Comfort Bakery and Café, thank you for the wonderful article in your July 30 edition, “Sweet Taste With a Social Mission” by Ann Mathisen.
All people thrive when challenged and feel the thrill of accomplishment when they have mastered a new skill. Most of us remember the flush of excitement when we received our first paycheck.
The President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities cited a 92 percent rate of unemployment among people with developmental disabilities and in New York State; 84 percent of adults with disabilities are in government supported day time programs rather than working in their communities.
Our employees have the opportunity to work, to earn their pay and to be taxpaying members of the community.
I am delighted with the community’s response to this very special bakery and café. Natural ingredients, products baked on the spot and a relaxing atmosphere seems to be the draw rather than “doing a good thing.” We look forward to becoming a community center and to providing special products for holidays, platters for parties and gift baskets for special occasions.
I am especially grateful to all of those who helped us get up and running and to the Port Washington News for covering our progress every step of the way.
Julie P. Samkoff
Community Mainstreaming Associates, Inc.