Woman on the Rise – Nancy

When everything’s coming up roses, it’s easy to fall into a mindset of “us and them” with regard to those who have a criminal record. But as a recent Together We Bake graduate who committed a white-collar crime in a desperate ploy to escape battery at the hand of the common-law father of her children learned, the line between the two sides of the law […]

Woman on the Rise – Lilly

Woman on the Rise – Lilly

Woman on the Rise: Lilly Monroe Sometimes the hardest thing for us to do is trust enough to let someone help, especially when we’ve made ourselves vulnerable before and gotten burned. Lilly Monroe came to Together We Bake in the spring after she served a four-month jail sentence and narrowly avoided additional time for breaking her probation. Skeptical that anyone would have her best interest […]

Woman on the Rise – Rebecca

Woman on the Rise – Rebecca

Woman on the Rise: A Tale of Recovery “I still remember him calling my father. I remember his exact words: ‘Come pick up your daughter now. I’m going to kill her.’ I guess he’d finally gotten everything from me he wanted.“ Battered, exploited and deep into a crack addiction, Rebecca had crash-landed at the bottom of a downward spiral of poor decisions and unsteady relationships. […]

Woman on the Rise – Shannon

Woman on the Rise – Shannon

Woman on the Rise: Shannon Gray-Chappell Although the majority of Together We Bake graduates are transitioning back into society from the corrections system, the need for a second chance takes many forms. Meet Shannon Gray-Chappell, a graduate of TWB’s spring 2016 class. The 40-year-old wife and mother of two worked for the federal government for 17 years before, as she tells it, “I had a […]