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Transitions: New Leaf Bakery

Who We Are

New Leaf provides job training in food services for women with barriers to traditional employment. Hands-on training is offered in a fast-paced commercial kitchen providing catering services and a cafè location. Job readiness support includes resumé writing and skill development.

  • Set up community garden in spring, put it to bed in fall, and/or assist during the summer. (All gardening skill levels welcome!)
  • Provide input on overall garden and help with individual plots. (Master Gardener requested.)
  • Help as needed in bakery, such as assisting with wrapping large orders of baked goods.
  • Offer a cooking workshop or guest chef class.
  • Help at New Leaf booth at Farmers Markets. (May- October)
  • In all roles, be a supportive, respectful and encouraging presence, consistent with Transitions values.

New Leaf Bakery Cafe is one of many organizations working to create a healthier Spokane community. As a social enterprise we are interested in offering a socially just service to those who participate in the program while offering a quality experience for those who access our end services' New Leaf Catering and New Leaf Cafe. The job training program is offered free of cost to women in the Spokane area who have been struggling to find employment and would benefit from food service training. During the six-month program women learn food service and baking skills as well as job readiness skills and support. The core values of respect for human dignity, community, justice, and growth are present in all of Transitions programs and are of utmost importance at New Leaf. There are three main components of the New Leaf program the kitchen where the women make all of the food and baked goods, the cafe and catering service where the food is sold, and the community garden.

What We Do

New Leaf Bakery Cafe is a unique job training program that blends education, hands-on work experience, and supportive services designed to help low-income women gain the self-confidence and professional skills necessary for self-sufficiency.