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A dream takes shape. Sugar Plum Bakery was founded and incorporated as a not- for- profit organization by Carl and Deborah Marshall and Reverend John Jordan. Carl Marshall applied for and received a demonstration grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Developmental Disabilities. No small feat by any means; from the 2200 applications received only 200 grants were awarded.


Sugar Plum Bakery opened its doors for business. Financial support from many private foundations, businesses and organizations such as Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services (DRS), Knights of Columbus (KOVAR), Norfolk Foundation, Parsons Foundation, City of Virginia Beach, banks and others along with in kind gifts and lots of manual labor from our community made this dream a reality. Four individuals with disabilities started working at Sugar Plum Bakery.


Virginia vended Sugar Plum Bakery as a provider of Rehabilitative Services. Sugar Plum Bakery began offering the following Employment Services for individuals qualifying for DRS Services: Situational Assessments, Work Adjustment Training, and Supported Employment Job Development Services.


Sugar Plum Bakery and the Community Services Board of Virginia Beach partnered together to create an enclave that provided job skills training for individuals with disabilities who are supported by Medicaid Waiver. The enclave was supervised by a job coach provided by the city and supported by Sugar Plum Bakery.


Sugar Plum Bakery was out growing its current facility. The Curtis Group was hired to conduct a feasibility study.


Plans for a new building were drawn up and a ground breaking ceremony was held with much fan fair. Construction of the new facility began.

Mother’s Day 2003:

Sugar Plum Bakery closed its doors to allow for the completion of the new and improved Sugar Plum Bakery.

July 2003

On a very hot day in July, Sugar Plum Bakery opened its new facility.


Sugar Plum Bakery partnered with the Virginia Beach School System creating a work experience site for exiting high school seniors. We started with 4 students. Currently we have 6 students participate in this program.

July 2006

Sugar Plum Bakery started its own Prevocational Medicaid enclave. Individuals participate from 8:30 until 12:30 helping our bakers make delicious treats. 7 individuals participate in this program.

July 2009

A second Prevocational Medicaid enclave was created offering individuals opportunities to participate in various bakery tasks from 11:30 until 3:30. 7 individuals participate in this program.

July 2009

After two long years of planning and with a grant from KOVAR, Wareheim Foundation, and a Community Organization Grant, the Plum Tran arrived. Sugar Plum Bakery started its own transportation service providing our Prevocational Program with safe and reliable rides to and from the Sugar Plum Bakery.

February 2011

Amerigroup Foundation made a generous donation allowing for the construction of accessible doors and a new atrium. Construction was completed in June of 2011. The new addition allows for everyone to enter the bakery independently.


Beasley Foundation, New fully accessible double front entry way and doors