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POLAND, Ohio - A bakery in Poland celebrated its grand opening Thursday with a special group of workers.

Crumbles Bakery on Youngstown Poland Road is operated by workers who attend disability services at Turning Point Residential and No Limits Alternatives.

They're all adults with Developmental Disabilities but that doesn't stop them from creating and packaging some sweet treats.

Bakery assistant Elizabeth Sweed says the adults are learning more than just recipes.

"We are trying to instill in them the goals to achieve the running of a business. From cleaning to creating, we work with them everyday to go over recipes, to learn to measure, to learn to package and do all the things that they each are capable of doing," Sweed says.

Sweed says she hopes they each feel important while seeking out their individual strengths.

"We want them to feel these achievements. They want to go beyond. They are always very willing," she says. "And they are extremely motivated, extremely creative and extremely helpful."

Sweed says she is proud to see the adults grow mentally and physically as they learn new skills.

"They take pride and they feel like they are a part of something," Sweed says.

The employees work two separate shifts from 9 a.m. to noon and then again in the afternoon. They each have different assignments from packaging to baking to cleaning.

Elizabeth Opincarne helps cut out tags and make caramel corn.

Opincarne just started a year ago but she says she hopes to learn more.

"I'm learning as I go and it comes easy, so a little bit of both I guess. Maybe some more baking and learning how to do cookies. Just the little stuff I guess," she says.

Kevin Teevey helps out with baking cupcakes and brownie bites.

"All these brownie bites and the foods so tempting, it's fun," Teevey says.

Teevey says the grand opening serves as a testimony to all of the hard word done.

"It means a lot to everyone especially Miss Betty. She works quite hard," he says.

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