GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Green Bay teens are learning life skills, in the kitchen.
They are helping stock the cases at unique bakery.
“God gave me the gift of baking and that is why this is called From Above. We all have our own gifts and they all come from above” says Carrie Zehms. The mom of eight noticed a need in the community.
“There is not a lot of faith based places [kids] can go where they can learn what true friendship is” she says.
“In this neighborhood to be honest there are not a lot of safe places to go, indoor or outdoor” says Peggy Baumgart a board member at From Above.
One year ago, From Above Youth Center and Bakery opened its doors.
“We are here to teach them morals, help them become responsible adults” Zehms explains.
Instead of a tip jar you will find a box for prayer requests.
According to Zehms “Everybody needs prayers. The more prayers, the better you feel”
She invites kids into the kitchen for a lesson on cookies and cooperation.
“It also gives them work experience so when they do go for that first job they have this experience and they have a reference” She explains.
Teens have to put away their cell phones when hanging out in the youth center. “We have a game area where there is Foosball, ping pong, air hockey and board games” Zehms says.
The kids connect with each other, all while chomping on favorites like the monster cookie and gourmet strawberries.
“The strawberry is coated in cheesecake, then dipped in chocolate. It looks beautiful and is perfect for husbands who get in trouble with their wives” says Baumgart with a laugh.
From Above Bakery is open to the public Monday through Friday.
The youth center can be rented for special events like birthday parties, book studies or showers.
From Above is located on Western Avenue in Green Bay.
They rely on bakery sales, volunteers and donations to keep the mission going.
Find details on an upcoming fundraiser by clicking here.