The Center’s flagship social enterprise, Destination Desserts, is featured in a new book published by the Federal Reserve.
The Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Kansas City and the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University has published a new book, Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century. The book explores how new policies and practice can meet the changing needs of workers, businesses and their communities. It features a section written by the Kessler Foundation, one of the largest public charities in the U.S. supporting people with disabilities. The Kessler Foundation provided a grant to the Center to start Destination Desserts in 2012. The section by Elaine Katz, senior vice president of grants and communications at the Kessler Foundation, details the success of Destination Desserts and another social enterprise as being an innovative strategy to create real jobs for people with disabilities. Destination Desserts is a gourmet bakery and food truck that utilizes an integrated workforce to provide training and employment opportunities for people with brain injuries, autism and other disabilities in the St. Louis area.
If you are interested in reading the section featuring Destination Desserts (Chapter 26), you can view the book as a PDF here.