Laughing Bear Bakery

THE STORY OF LAUGHING BEAR BAKERY --- Each year, several thousand men and women are released from Missouri prisons after completing their court-ordered terms. Unfortunately, they face so many unique and overwhelming challenges that many are unable to start a new life. One of the major factors for recidivism is the inability to find gainful employment. Laughing Bear Bakery, a work skills reintegration program, offers ex-offenders paid employment opportunities immediately upon their release. These jobs provide income, stability, and marketable skills. Laughing Bear provides compensation greater than minimum wage so that employees are better able to support themselves while learning their trade and establishing an employment record.