What We Do
Our Mission: To create a bold, new model for transition assistance and job training for veterans (and their spouses) with a service-connected disability who served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Dog Tag Bakery, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping veterans and their spouses successfully re-assimilate into civilian life with job and educational opportunities.
100% of our profits support the men and women who bravely serve in our military and their families. It’s our way of saying “Thank You.”
Here’s how our venture works: beginning in the Spring of 2014, Dog Tag Bakery will hire a cohort of wounded veterans and their spouses each year to complete a program that provides both substantive work experience and a tailor made curriculum at the School of Continuing Studies at Georgetown University. During the day, veterans will operate the bakery: learning skills from baking to sales to business management. At the same time, they will be pursuing a course of study that will offer training in entrepreneurship and other skills needed for the successful pursuit of a job or a small business venture of their own.
The linchpin to our program is our bakery, located right in the heart of Georgetown just past the intersection of M Street and Wisconsin Avenue. This 4,200 square-foot building will provide a retail location for the bakery and café, housing a production/baking area, a training-and-meeting room, and an office space from which to manage the business.
Father Curry and Connie Milstein
Father Curry’s life’s work is guided by his conviction that every person should be empowered to successfully pursue meaningful employment and achieve self-reliance. Inspired by this belief, he founded the National Theatre Workshop of the Handicapped (NTWH) in 1977, a non-profit focused on training persons with disabilities in the business of baking and professional theater. The bakery and theater company became a center of employment training and job preparation for hundreds of disabled people over the next four decades.
Following the attacks on 9/11, Father Curry helped design the Wounded Warriors Writers Program to address the personal goals and needs of military members returning with service-related disabilities. Beginning in 2009, he was asked to lead faith-based workshops for veterans suffering from PTS-PTSD, offering these life-changing seminars in Hawaii, Texas, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Rome. A much sought-after expert in advocacy efforts for the disabled, Father Curry has been featured in People Magazine, The New York Times, and the New York Post in addition to several highly publicized appearances on 60 Minutes, NBC Nightly News, and CBS-TV. He is also an established author, having written two award-winning cookbooks, including The Secrets of Jesuit Breadmaking.
Father Curry’s lifelong dedication to the healing properties of employment, baking, and theater have enriched the lives of the thousands with whom he has worked. He currently is carrying his work forward in Washington, DC, where he is also a professor in the Catholic Studies Department at Georgetown University.
Connie Milstein is a successful attorney, entrepreneur, senior business executive and philanthropist. As Principal and Co-Founder of Ogden CAP Properties, LLC, she oversees and guides the company’s real estate, hotel and development operations. Connie directed Ogden CAP Properties through the elegant reconstruction of Washington DC’s historic Jefferson Hotel. In 2005, Connie Milstein opened Connie’s Bakery & General Store, which opened a second location in 2006 at Northern Westchester Hospital. Connie serves on the Board of several organizations, including the Board of Advisors of the National Symphony Orchestra.
Guided by the principal of giving back to the country that has given her so much, Connie is a fervent advocate of military service and as a Board member of Blue Star Families, actively works to empower and support military families. Connie’s “Adopt a Base” program includes honoring military families with special events and treats ranging from fresh baked brownies to new books for children. A long time supporter of medical research, Connie serves on the Board of Directors of CURE (Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy), a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for epilepsy. A consummate problem solver, Connie is not only committed to finding a cure for the disease, but also for erasing the stigma of epilepsy.
Connie Milstein on Philanthropy:
“What I have tried to do is what my father always told me – find a niche where people are not doing what needs to be done and try to fill it. I have always believed in public-private partnership – working with the government if you can – so it’s time for private citizens to do what they can do. Humpty Dumpty, for example, has both a domestic and international arm. Internationally, the mission is the removal of land mines all over the world…right now [work is under way] in Angola and we’re applying for grants…[for] Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. Here at home we try to strengthen the ties between the United Nations and the Congress. It’s a bi-partisan effort where we bring ambassadors to Washington, DC, and congressmen and -women to the UN.”