Dana graduated from our summer program job-ready, empowered, and self-sufficient. Before coming to TWB, Dana suffered from addiction, homelessness, unemployment, and was previously incarcerated. She found a sisterhood and support network through TWB and new-found self-esteem. Dana not only thrived in the kitchen, but also in empowerment groups, where she was able to be vulnerable and allowed others to share their vulnerability with her. Right after Summer graduation, Dana was hired by a bakery in DC. She has a job, a home, and is newly empowered to take on life!
Giving Tuesday is a few short weeks away. In 2017 we raised over $3,000 to help cover transportation costs. In 2018, we’re aiming to raise $5,000 to help pay for transportation for all of the amazing women, like Dana, who make up Together We Bake. Read more about Dana’s story below!
What circumstances brought you to where you were before you joined Together We Bake?
Dana: I came to Together We Bake to lift my spirit, boost my self-esteem, and be around other women like myself.
What inspired you to apply to Together We Bake?
Dana: My inspiration is to be a part of a team and a positive community that also enjoys baking.
How has Together We Bake changed your perspective on life?
Dana: It has given me a mindset to learn and keep asking questions.
Has someone at Together We Bake (a fellow participant, a volunteer, an instructor, etc) had a particular influence on you?
Dana: My friend Liz is such a beautiful inspiration. She is a great example of what happens when you apply yourself.
How would you describe Together We Bake?
Dana: TWB was founded by women who care about empowering other women, showing them how to own a business, and be independent.
What do you feel is the most valuable thing Together We Bake does?
Dana: TWB teaches you that we are all equal.
What is the most valuable thing you learned at Together We Bake?
Dana: I learned how to share what I know and to be a better listener.
Do you have any specific memories of experiences at Together We Bake?
Dana: Rooting for one another in times of need.
What was the most challenging thing about the program? How did you overcome that challenge?
Dana: The most challenging thing about the program is leaving when it’s time to go. I realized I need to enjoy each moment and value my time here.
What is something you are proud of that you achieved because of your participation in Together We Bake?
Dana: I achieved new friendships.
What advice do you have for women considering applying to Together We Bake?
Dana: I would suggest this program for the knowledge of ServSafe and the certification, the opportunities to learn about finances, how to run a business, how to build a resume, expressing/sharing about your life, yoga, meditation, and just for the overall experience. We are all more alike than we are different. This bond I have is close. My story may help someone to make better decisions through my mistakes.