Southwest Colorado bakery helps survivors of domestic abuse, addiction | KOB 4

Southwest Colorado bakery helps survivors of domestic abuse, addiction

Diana Castillo
Created: September 08, 2020 06:54 PM

DOLORES, C.O.— A new bakery and deli that opened in southwest Colorado is going beyond just cooking up tasty treats.

Alana Connelly is the owner of Three Chicks Bakery in Delores, Colorado.

"The bakery is here to help us support women in transition recovering from domestic violence or assault, addiction, jail time—that kind of stuff,” Connelly said.

The support can vary from employment to housing opportunities. Connelly said she’s gone through her fair share of trauma and abuse in the past and wants to help other women do the same. She said she’s already seeing progress.

"One of our ladies that works for us now, she is nine months sober. She was a heroin and meth addict since she was 12 years old and no one would hire her when she got sober,” she said. “She didn't have a lot of experience. She's fairly young and so we hired her and were helping her transition to a new home so she has her own place to live and give her the tools to make sure she stays sober."

The bakery operates as a nonprofit and his been opened since June. Connelly said she’s seen a lot of community support and has big plans for the future.

“The bakery will hopefully help support and fund a farm called Threshold Farms and that will be a transitional housing unit for women in recovery as well,” she said.

The farm will provide jobs and even grow food for the bakery. Connelly said she hopes to someday help women beyond the Four Corners region.

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