I had a rough morning and it felt good to type it out as we sat in silence. Overall the program is running great and we are getting a lot of state and national attention. My students are finding employment which is unheard of. My population has close to a 100% unemployment rate as adults. I have 3 working this summer out of 9 so I feel like I have already exceeded the wildest expectations. Wearing a lot of hats has been my life. I just have to take a breath and laugh alot Walter
What you are doing is so much more involved, on so many different levels, than simply running a bakery with "off-the-street" employees. It is easy for people on the outside of your situation (such as me) to look at all the positives in your narrative and think, "Boy! What a great thing Walter is doing, and wouldn't it be great to do the same thing elsewhere! Such as here!"
And then when I hear you talking about all of the variables that you have to face in addition to humidity, product waste, supply chain issues, etc.
it really gives me pause... "What would I do to help my employee with autism deal with a high stress situation? How would I tell an employee with Down syndrome that it was OK that they measured wrong and 100 lbs of dough was ruined?..."
You are all at once an educator, care-giver, baker, psychologist, and special-needs expert. Whether you have to wear those hats one at a time or simultaneously you have put yourself in a position of great trust, honor, and responsibility for many individuals.
I'm not sure I have any advice that I can give you other than to say make sure you have one OR MORE real human beings that you can talk with on a regular basis.
I am a physician and I could not imagine practicing "solo". There are just too many days when things aren't going right, or an outcome fails to meet expectations, or things just suck
where if I didn't have a partner to discuss things with I would probably go berserk! My staff can't comiserate with me; my wife can't really understand my concerns, etc, and so-on and so-forth.
Venting on this forum is an "OK" means of getting support, but although we are here with words and moral support, at the end of the day none of us can sit down with you face-to-face and just chat about things. And those types of interactions are indispensable for a person in your position.
God Bless you and I hope you get some much needed rest during the summer!