Who we are

 

We’re John, Renee, and Caroline – the Ratcliffe family – and we call Charlotte our home.

  • We founded Cakeable Charlotte as a way to train and equip young adults with disabilites with transferable job skills. With Renee’s teaching experience and our family’s involvement in local and global disability ministries, we’re passionate about maximizing every person’s capabilities and creating inclusive communities.

Renee holds a BA in Special Education from Furman University and a MA in Christian Counseling from Gordon-Conwell. In addition to her years of baking for friends, family and large events, Renee formally received her ServSafe Manager Certification, completed a course in Cake decorating Fundamentals from Central Piedmont Community College and received a People’s Choice Award from the North Carolina chapter of the International Cake Exploration Society.

While Renee does much of the baking, John and Caroline are definitely involved in the kitchen, in project design, in deliveries, and in taste testing πŸ™‚

Although people with disabilities are often marginalized in society, and particularly the working world, they deserve a meaningful chance to contribute to a community with dignity. We’re compelled to combine our passion for inclusion with our love for baking in a way that bridges the gap between working-age people with and without disabilities.

The word “capable” is significant to us, as we want to recognize and celebrate every way every person is capable. And so, “Cakeable,” in our name, is meant to sound similar to “capable.”

Presently we are talking with small business advisers, taking classes in nonprofit management, and exploring options for kitchen space. We are inspired by other businesses who have maximized the potential and opportunity of their trainees and employees who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.Β  Most of all, we’re praying and asking God to lead the way. We would very much appreciate your prayers and connections with people who could serve as mentors and supporters of this dream.

We hope to continue to update this story under God’s direction!

Ever grateful,

John, Renee, and Caroline