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Baking bread to give back
By Patrice Walsh
Rochester, N.Y.- Bread For All isnt just a bakery. It is a place where volunteers make bread to feed people at soup kitchens, and some of those volunteers are people who have been fed and sheltered and are now giving back.
Saint Josephs House of Hospitality has been feeding the homeless for years. Now they are also training those who have received help to be bakers.
The program has helped John Paul turn his life around. He served nearly 30 years in prison for various crimes and found it difficult to get back into society once he was released. Paul said he found himself living in a car or on the street. He received food and shelter at Saint Joes and wanted the chance to give back. He has spent the last six weeks in the training program and now hopes to get a job as a baker.
Samantha is also a volunteer at the bakery. She said it is her way of paying it forward after getting help from Saint Josephs. The single mom said she finds baking therapeutic and has learned so much, she hopes it will help her find a job someday.
Paul Frazier is the Volunteer Baker at Bread For All. He has spent the past 40 years helping the needy. Frazier said they break bread, bake bread, feed the hungry and help those who are lost find their way.
In addition to supply bread for soup kitchens at St. Joes, House of Mercy and Bethany House- the bakery also sells loaves of bread to people in the South Wedge neighborhood. Frazier said they sell enough to pay the bills, and give the rest away.