MAKING A DIFFERENCE: The Talbot House Bakery provides job skills and peer support

The Talbot House provides an a safe environment for women in recovery from substance and alcohol abuse. The Talbot House Bakery provides needed job skills.

Posted: Mar 23, 2018 6:10 PM
Updated: Jul 18, 2018 8:18 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) --  The road to recovery can be a lonely path.

However, a North Mississippi non-profit organization is helping women get back on their feet and build job skills.


Amanda Roberson counts her blessings when making each batch of cinnamon rolls.

Roberson is a former resident of the Talbot House.

"I was homeless and unemployed for 2 years, and because of my record, I couldn't get a chance," Roberson said.

The Talbot House is a haven in Tupelo, providing a second chance for women recovering from substance and alcohol abuse.

Becky Weatherford is the executive director of the Talbot House.

"We are the gap, we fill the gap between treatment and going home," Weatherford explained.

Part of filling in the gap is helping women gain needed job skills.

Roberson serves as the head baker, a skill she learned to perfect.

"So we made lots of rolls. Everybody at the house just ate rolls, ate rolls, until we got it down," Roberson said.

Along with the aroma of freshly baked rolls, a sense of community and support.

"And I get to do this with the other ladies. I see them come through with the same struggles. They've seen where I've been and where I'm now, and it helps," Roberson said.

The road to recovery is no longer a lonely feat.

"We help them put their lives together," Weatherford said.

Robreson is just one of the success stories.

She credits the program she credits for saving her life.

"I love to give back to the house because they gave me my life. I don;t know where I would be right now," Roberson said.

Proceeds from the bakery help to support the Talbot House.

Although it's a non-profit, women do pay a small amount for room and board as part of their accoutability with being sober.

The Talbot House bakery plans to expand by selling baked goods at Native Son Farms and also, twice a month at the farmer's market.

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