March 1, 2024

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‘Cooking in the D’ program for people with disabilities unveils new Detroit location

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Detroit — “Cooking in the D,” the program that has prepared, trained and placed more than 1,400 adults with developmental disabilities in jobs with dozens of employers in recent years, has new digs.

Officially, at least. 

Devontae Hampton (in red) from Services to Enhance Performance's Detroit Resource Center gets samples of food as skills trainer Willie Smith, right front, puts out the food samples at the Cooking in the D program open house and ribbon-cutting in Detroit on Thursday, June 17, 2021. The program is the culinary arts program that teaches people with developmental disabilities how to cook.

Begun in 2012 at Detroit’s Eastern Market, nonprofit Services to Enhance Potential launched its first culinary arts program that has since grown into two locations, one at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Westland and another on Conner Avenue in Detroit.

The program at 2900 Conner, Building B has been operating since early February but due to COVID-19 restrictions, officials couldn’t properly hold an opening event.

With Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announcing her plans to remove all COVID-19 restrictions in the state by Tuesday, it was deemed the perfect time for the program to launch an open house event, said STEP president and CEO Brent Mikulski.