AccessCNY Partners with Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville to Open Provisions Express
In August the DeWitt Community Library moves to a new home and becomes the Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville. In addition to new space for collections, meetings and the community, the library will also feature a café. Provisions Express will open in the library and be operated by AccessCNY.
Provisions, located in Syracuse’s Armory Square is a non-profit bakery and restaurant where lives are changed. The bakery is a supported work program of AccessCNY for individuals with a mental health issue. The Express location marks the bakery’s first expansion since opening in 1988.
“Our vision for the new library has always been about meeting the needs of the community,” said Wendy Scott, Executive Director. “As we designed the space we knew we wanted it to be a community hub and what better way to bring community together than with freshly brewed coffee and delicious baked goods. To know that the coffee and cookies being served help someone with a mental health issues get back on their feet made this partnership with AccessCNY a win-win.”
“Provisions is a signature program of AccessCNY and we are thankful to the Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville for this opportunity,” stated Paul Joslyn, Executive Director of AccessCNY. “At Provisions every chocolate chip cookie that comes out of the oven does more than satisfy a sweet tooth; it provides a path to recovery. Every order is a stepping stone to reducing the stigma of mental health issues. Provisions Express will allow AccessCNY to train even more individuals and move them towards greater independence.”
The Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville will be located at 5110 Jamesville Road in DeWitt. The Library opens to the public on Monday, August 21, with a Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, August 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Provisions Express will debut on August 26 as part of the grand opening celebration. Initially the café will offer coffee, cookies and other fresh baked goods. In the future the bakery hopes to offer made to go items such as wraps and salads. Provisions Express will also feature a complete catering menu and will serve as the exclusive caterer for the library. Provisions Express will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Photo caption 1: The new Provisions Express will open as part of the Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville on Saturday, August 26.
Photo caption 2: Library Executive Director Wendy Scott with Provisions Manager Susan Catalino with a sampling of the baked goods to be offered at Provisions Express.