Rockland’s Rising Above Bakery teaches baking, provides socialization | #specialneeds | #kids

Shiri Reuveni-Ullrich calls Rising Above Bakery her “bakery-ish.”

That’s because all the stirring, kneading, pinching, mixing and baking for the nonprofit, which teaches young adults with special needs and learning differences the craft of baking, takes place in her Chestnut Ridge dining room. Goods are then sold at area farmers market, though the bulk of the business is custom orders for pick up.

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Connor Carson of Creskill, NJ, left, Daniel Kuiken of Glen Rock, NJ, center, and Shiri Reuveni-Ullrich at Rising Above Bakery, a nonprofit bakery, at Reuveni-Ullrich's Chestnut Ridge home. The "bakery-ish"  teaches young adults with special needs how to bake. Photographed Nov. 2, 2021.

Reuveni-Ullrich and a helper currently work with six volunteer bakers, who range in age from 20 to 30; all have different diagnoses. The effort, which began in January, has quickly outgrown her house.

“I’d love to bring in more bakers; I want to help everyone,” she said. “But we need a larger space.” (The goal is to find something by next year.)

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