A neighborhood bakery has actually made it its mission to assist the homeless in St. Louis — and now, amid social distancing because of COVID-19, the owners want your assist to remain afloat. Husband and spouse Fred and Sharon Domke based Bridge Bread (2604 Cherokee Avenue, 314-296-3077) again in 2011 with a singular mission: to assist individuals transition out of homelessness by offering them with employment and the abilities wanted to help themselves working within the restaurant trade.
For the previous nine years, that is precisely what the nonprofit bakery has carried out. Last week, nonetheless, as most of the eating places and firms that purchase the bakery’s bread began to reevaluate enterprise within the wake of COVID-19, Bridge noticed its gross sales slashed by half.
Bridge Bread outlined its estimates for future misplaced enterprise and wages in a put up on its website, with a median value for month-to-month wages and payroll taxes of $eight,200 in 2019. Assuming that the bakery continues to face misplaced enterprise for the following two months adopted by a gradual restoration interval, Domke estimates that Bridge will want $20,000 to remain open. As of this writing, the Fb publish requesting donations has earned $3,598.
“Our bakers take delight in incomes their wages and we are going to, as a lot as doable inside secure practices, use this time in a method that gives significant work, which incorporates persevering with to make bread for native pantries,” Domke mentioned within the assertion. “We additionally intend to do deferred upkeep on the bakery, make investments time in coaching, take this as a chance to high-quality-tune our baking abilities, and discover new merchandise. We could even have the chance to start out up a donut line with quickly-to-be donated tools.”
For these unfamiliar with Bridge Bread, the enterprise began out in a business kitchen in 2011 and has since grown to incorporate a retail retailer on Cherokee Street. When the Riverfront Times shared plans for the retail store in 2015, Domke mentioned that each one five of Bridge Bread’s then-previously homeless staff had transitioned to housing.