Long Island’s South Fork Bakery Provides People With Disabilities Full-Time Jobs.


Shirley Ruch is a speech and language pathologist practicing for over 30 years. She founded the South Fork Bakery in the Spring of 2016 out of the need to build meaningful employment opportunities for adults with disabilities.

The idea of the bakery came to light when many of her former students after graduating from college or aging out of high school could not find employment opportunities.

Ruch said, “We provide training and employment for special needs adults. It’s the gift that gives back because you’re giving meaningful paid employment to people who are very disenfranchised in our society.”

She decided to go with the bakery because she always used cooking and baking in her therapy practice and It’s a great tool for socialization and following directions in many things.

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Leke Babalola