For the past five years, a unique bakery in Crossville has helped adults with learning disabilities.
Lois Davis began Joshua's Pet Treat Bakery in an effort to help her 23-year-old son Joshua who like all of the bakery's employees has Downs Syndrome.
“Joshua's teacher told me that he was getting burned out from school. So I immediately went into a mode to help him,” Davis said. “We wanted him to have work like you and I do, so Joshua's Pet Treats was born.”
The pet treats, which are all handmade, are sold at stores in and around Crossville, as well as online.
The treats come in 14 flavors and in designs ranging from traditional bone shaped treats to biscuits in the shape of mice.
“Joshua asked his friends to come over and we have now helped 32 people,” Davis said.
Currently, six people with Downs Syndrome are employed at Joshua's Pet Treat Bakery which is set up in a basement of a Crossville home.
“They come here to receive job training, then they move on to regular jobs,” Davis explained. “They'll come in and say, ‘Ms. Lois, I can't do such and such' and before we know it we've got them doing it.”
For more information on Joshua's Pet Treat Bakery, visit their Web site.