The Riviera Day Center for adults with mental disabilities in Varna have been trained and using the Bread Therapy methods of the Bread Houses Network since 2012. Inspired by the success of the methods with their patients with special needs, Riviera started inviting for larger community baking events other day centers and social institutions for mixed events, and managed to fundraise from a Dutch foundation to be able to build their own community oven in the yard of the center. The oven is expected to be built in 2016.
The Archangel Michael Community Center and Orthodox church (www.arhangel.bg) in the city of Varna, on the Black Sea coast, got inspired by the community baking methods of the Bread Houses Network, and in 2010 built their own community oven in the yard of the church and community center. There, around the oven, people of all ages and various social institutions come together to bake and build friendships: elderly people from hospices, orphaned or abandoned children, low-income families, and homeless people – all are helped by the church community and help each other!