Sweet Haven Bakery helps fund HER Shelter, and teaches business skills to residents

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They stand before trays of almond, vanilla, red velvet, strawberry and chocolate flavored cakes, squeezing creamy sweetness on to each. Sprinkles here, fruit and edible glitter there.

For some, it’s an opportunity for first-time employment; for others, it’s stress relief and a way to be social, said Mary Irwin, coordinator of Sweet Haven Baked Goods, a bakery that is operated by the Help and Emergency Response (HER) Shelter in Portsmouth.

“The doors we can open with Sweet Haven bakery are huge,” said Wynn Horton, Volunteers and Public Affairs coordinator, explaining that the Her Shelter bakery and its sweet creations signify different things throughout the community.   Sweet Haven Bakery helps