Three days after Just Bakery’s new building officially opened, the first group of students to occupy the new space entered the classroom and sat at the three round tables. There were a dozen students in all: eleven who came to us through the jail’s work-release “Huber” program, and one from the community. Carmella, Jaclyn, Diana, and Jim W.—Just Bakery’s teaching staff and volunteers—sat amongst the students and prepared to bein introductions. After three-and-a-half years and twenty-two sessions of students, Just Bakery finally had a place to call its own.
Although the building itself was ready, we were still figuring out the details of the new space. Session 23 of Just Bakery began without a printer, photocopier, landline, or internet. That meant that all email communication and printing of class materials had to be done at home or at the MUM office on the other side of town. Needless to say, this situation presented unique challenges for Just Bakery’s teaching staff. There were times when Diana, the Math instructor, resorted to the ancient technique of hand-writing problems on the board for the students to copy down into their notebooks.