Sweet Miss Giving's

Sweet Miss Giving's

Unquestionably Kind, Unreasonably Good!
1929 N. Branch Suite 123, Chicago, IL 60642

(312) 255-8470

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Sweet Miss Giving's Bakery and Gifting is a premier bakery and jobs program that offers rich, decadent baked goods while providing a new reason to feel good about sweet indulgences: over 50% of all profits go to help the formerly homeless and HIV/AIDS-affected men, women, and children of Chicago House. We offer creative and scrumptious preservative-free treats made with care: perfect for catering, gifting, or just indulging with colleagues and loved ones. In 2004 Senator Dick Durbin asked the Reverend Stan Sloan about the most desperate needs of the homeless and disabled men, women and children that Stan has served for two decades in his role as CEO of Chicago House. Stan responded immediately: "we need an employment system that helps people move from entitlement programs to self sufficiency... thus creating room for others in our system." Less than a year later Senator Durbin had located the initial funding for the Chicago House Employment Program. In just two years more than 250 men and women have benefited from its training and placement services. Nevertheless, despite the success of Employment Program (over 40% placement rate) there remained a certain subsection of the Employment Program graduates who were still just not able to obtain initial employment. The stage was set for a new kind of social enterprise. Stan worked with the Kellogg School of Business Management and the more than 150 local businesses that had helped support his work over the years. Together, they conducted market studies and online polls. And they asked lots of questions. Where are there gaps in the world of Social Enterprise? What type of business would these businesses most likely support? How could we offer careers, not just jobs? Confident that he could work with local business people to combine a terrific product and a good cause, all signs pointed to a gourmet bakery. And thus Sweet Miss Giving's was born. Almost immediately, three of the agency's largest donors stepped up to the plate as investors, and Stan began working with them and their business expertise to refine the concept. Together they learned that their greatest potential was in "out the back door" bakery sales, and so the concept evolved from a neighborhood bakery to a business-to-business bakery supplying breakfast trays and sweets for corporate catering, parties, conferences, and other group gatherings. Stan and the investors began talking with their friends, and soon they had pro-bono consulting for every aspect of the business - from construction to equipment to legal services. While the investors took the lead and applied their business experience toward the operations of the business, Stan turned back to his original passion: the Employment Program and the new six-week training program that would be needed to teach employable skills in baking, packaging, customer service, and delivery. He needed someone who had the heart of a social worker, the head of an experienced trainer, and the hands of a pastry chef. Kristi Gorsuch, Sweet Miss Giving's Bakery Production Director, proved to be the best find imaginable. Kristi is a ten-year Disney veteran who had trained restaurant staff all over the globe. And, by the way, she had a pastry degree and was longing to enter the not-for-profit sector. Bakers from across the city, led by instructors at Kendall College, offered to help Kristi create, test, taste, and perfect the menu over a year-long search for the best recipes and ingredients. Baking out of Stan's home through that year, both the product and the training program were created. It's hard to believe, but just recently our first class of formerly homeless interns graduated their six-week Sweet Miss Giving's training institute. These newly minted bakers, customer service associates, and package and delivery assistants have sacrificed more than anyone else to make this a reality. Four weeks of general employment training. Six more weeks of culinary training, spent crowded into a basement. All without pay. They put their lives on hold for the chance to be a part of this new venture and to enter a career, not just another job. That is the story of Sweet Miss Giving's thus far. Now it is your turn to join the story and be a part of our future. We promise: you will love being a part of this one-of-a-kind venture where the best in baked goods meets the best of social services, transforming lives and appetites throughout Chicago! Our Mission Sweet Miss Giving's Bakery and Gifting is a premier bakery and jobs program that offers rich, decadent baked goods while providing a new reason to feel good about sweet indulgences: over 50% of all profits go to help the formerly homeless and HIV/AIDS-affected men, women, and children of Chicago House. "Unquestionably Kind, Unreasonably Good" Sweet Miss Giving's was founded by Rev. Stan Sloan, an Episcopal priest and long-time CEO of Chicago House, the first provider of AIDS housing in the Midwest. Sweet Miss Giving's is Stan's vision for how to create a pathway to jobs for the homeless - while also helping to fund Chicago House's support services. Stan's sweet tooth and enterprising spirit helped rally the best bakers, businessmen, and builders around the idea, and on October 23, 2008, none other than Mayor Daley cut the ribbon on this new endeavor. For two years, Stan organized his team around this simple idea: to build a company that was "Unquestionably Kind" and "Unreasonably Good." Unquestionably Kind means that we are driven by our social mission. Over 50% of our profits go directly to Chicago House. What's more: our bakery doubles as a comprehensive jobs program. At any given time, more than a dozen disabled adults are getting real-world training and experience in our kitchen - as bakers, delivery assistants, and packaging specialists. Unreasonably Good refers to our indulgent sweets. Our preservative-free, down-home menu is the result of a year-long testing and tasting process. Because of our mission, some of Chicago's most skilled bakers and vendors doanted their expertise and products to help refine our made-from-scratch reicpes. Made with care, just like Grandma. The result is our promise to provide the very best baked goods in Chicago.

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