West Michigan moms bake to help the homeless

Kent County

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Instead of your average ribbon-cutting ceremony, two entrepreneurs kicked off the next step in their business of giving back with a “cookie biting” Wednesday morning.

Cindy Knape and Chris Mason both love to bake, love to give back and have sons named Paul.

“We started making cookies. People started telling us how good they were, so we thought, ‘We can upscale this,'” Knape said.

That’s how Pauls’ Moms’ Cookies was born.

After years of mission work, Knape was looking for a different way to give. So two years ago, Pauls’ Moms’ Cookies teamed up with Degage Ministries in Grand Rapids. Wednesday, they moved their product into Forest Hills Foods in Cascade Township.

Knape and Mason work with women through Degage to bake the cookies.

“There’s layers of goodness with not only the money going to support this wonderful program at Degage, but the fact that these women are actually making a fair wage,” said Knape.

That wage allows the women to move from homelessness to paying their own rent.

It’s a recipe that works for the moms and the ministry.

“Just the camaraderie. They fit in beautifully into our baking sessions with all the other women,” said Knape.

Pauls’ Moms’ Cookies makes six types of cookie: lemon cherry dream, molasses ginger, salted caramel chocolate chunk, mint meltaway, oatmeal berry and peanut butter ganache.



Degage Ministries

Pauls’ Moms’ Cookies

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