Touching Lives Stories
Alvin’s Story: A Sweet Tale
Alvin C. is a soft-spoken man, who has lived an accomplished life. He was the first African American man to become a certified pastry chef. Clark trained with European chefs, where he mastered French pastry making. He has baked for countless celebrities such as, Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, and Prince. He worked at some of the fanciest hotels and even baked cookies for the 2012 Indianapolis Super bowl. He stated working for the Columbia Club in 1969; one day, a lady popped in and asked to borrow a pan, to cater her pastor’s dinner. Later, he married LaVada and her 5 children along with his son. They happily raised them all together. Mr.Clark later retired at the age of 62; but continued to work until being hospitalized. As a result, he needed more care so LaVada and Family move him into Oasis at 30th where he could continue to live with some independence and still receive the care he needs.