Stone Hearth Bakery, Café, and Catering services are social enterprises operated by the not-for-profit MetroWorks Employment Association. The association (formerly known as the Human Resource Development Association) was established in to provide meaningful training and employment opportunities for individuals 19 years of age and older who are living with mental illness and experiencing barriers to employment.

Stone Hearth Bakery opened in 1982. It is a supported work environment where program participants work five days a week alongside skilled bakers performing a number of essential tasks necessary for the operation of a full service bakery including:

  • Use of commercial ovens
  • Weighing and shaping dough
  • Rolling bagels
  • Slicing and bagging bread products
  • Inventory control
  • Sales
  • Restocking of retail shelves

All cookies and desserts are made at our Stone Hearth Cafe and Catering Social Enterprise located in Sackville, NS.

Stone Hearth Café & Catering services opened in January 2015 on the lower level of the Carpenter,  Millwright Trades College located in Sackville. It is a supported work environment where graduates of MetroWorks Options Work Activity Food Service and Customer Service programs perform essential tasks necessary to work as a Line Cook in the food and restaurant industry, including:

  • Preparing, seasoning a cooking a wide range of foods, including soups, salads, entrees and deserts
  • Garnishing, arranging and serving food
  • Inventory control including checking for freshness of food an availability of ingredients on hand prior to cooking.
  • Cleanliness of work areas, equipment, utensils, dishes and silverware
  • Quality customer service in food and restaurant industry


Enhanced Training

In addition to skills training our program participants also receive training in:

  • Food Handling
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Workplace Equity
  • Stress Management
  • Customer Service
  • Job Maintenance
  • Accepting the role of an employee
  • Accepting supervision
  • Monitoring work and work needs
  • Working with co-workers
  • Responding to change
  • Being a productive worker


All profits from the Stone Hearth Bakery, Café & Catering are reinvested back into our programs to help us further enhance employment opportunities for our program participants.


Halifax Business Award

Our Participants are saying...

"My experience at Stone Hearth is very good because they teach you the skills you need to work in a regular job. I have done many different jobs in this place and as an employee at Stone Hearth I have experienced lots of things. Most of all my time here has been lots of fun it also has its ups and downs as well but everybody gets along.

The place as a whole is a training facility which means a whole lot to different people and for all walks of life. Without this program me and many others would not have the opportunity to get the experience we need to enable themselves to employment.

They in part are helpful in certain parts of the activity within the training facility. In conclusion I would hope that the skill I learned here will provide the training I need."

Shelly, Stone Hearth Participant

MetroWorks - Stone Hearth, Options, Cunard Learning Centre, EAS