FLINT, MI – Flint showed up in a big way this week for the soft opening of Blueline Donuts.
Located at Carriage Town Bakery on University Avenue, the donut store is a “transitional employment” opportunity for the homeless and those in need.
John Rigg, food service director at Carriage Town, was hired two weeks ago and will serve as the manager.
“We started making donuts around 2016 with the idea that it was teaching job skills,” Rigg said, who formerly served as Pastor of The River Church in Holly. “We’re here to not just turn them back into the street but give them job skills. That’s where this idea was born.”
Through the popularity of the donuts, creating an entire bakery was started. The official grand opening won’t be until January 10.
Employees are hired with the goal of training for roughly 6-8 months.
“It’s not about selling the most donuts in the world, but giving people the soft skills they can take to another business within the community,” Rigg told MLive-The Flint Journal. “We have been talking with those types of partnerships that once a person has been through the program, they would come with a good recommendation and get placed in a job that has a similar need.”
The donuts are not small in size, Rigg said, and have a unique taste. They plan to offer bagels, cupcakes, and croissants in the long term. Coffee from Foster Coffee Co. is served.
“The idea we’re trying to convey is coming through at Carriage Town and giving someone a fresh start,” Rigg said. “We’re just not another good donut shop. We’re doing it with a cause.”
Blueline Donuts is open from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.
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