The Roses for Autism organization has come out with a new product, which will help support their programs offered to those on the spectrum.
“The main thing that we offer here at Roses for Autism is a first job,” Roses for Autism Managing Director Michelle Ouimette said.
The Roses for Autism is a unique non-profit organization that operates out of Pinchbeck Farms in Guilford.
It offers special year-round programs that train and employ individuals in Connecticut, who are living with autism.
“We have watched hundreds of interns come through our program since 2009, who have had no job experience at all and who are now flourishing in our working world,” Roses for Autism acting Manager Director Susan Squier said.
That's because the interns are learning about every aspect on how to run a business.
“Instead of just learning about agriculture, they're learning about working the greenhouse,” Ouimette said. “They're learning about packing room and shipping and logistics. We have folks up in the front office working on our E-Commerce.”
Ben Lifton, of Branford, said he has been interning at Roses for Autism since 2013.
“At first when I came here, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing,” Lifton said. “But, the more I practiced it, even with them helping me. The better I got at it, and then I started doing it on my own.”
“These kids have worked so hard through high school to learn these skills, and if they don't continue with a regular routine every day and structure they're going to lose some of those skills," Ouimette said.
But, it's evident that Lifton and other interns have acquired an extensive skill-set they'll take with them when they leave Pinchbeck Farms' doors.
“One of the things I've definitely learned here is working with others, having positive attitude, stuff like that,” Lifton said.
“It is very touching, heartwarming to watch individuals come to us with no job experience and leave here with meaningful jobs and be able to grow their and live independently,” Squier said.
However, Roses for Autism wouldn't be able to keep their programs going if it wasn't for the roses. One hundred percent of the profits go directly back into the organization.
“The more support here, the more people sharing our story, it allows us to help more people,” Ouimette said.
They've just released a new product.
“They took two dozen of our Lavande roses and extracted the scent, which is the inspiration for the Ardent Rose perfume,” Squier said.
This perfume not only compliments their core offering, but it will allow Roses for Autism to continue their operations and expand a scholarship program for their interns.
Roses for Autism will be holding an official launch party for their new Ardent Rose perfume on Thursday. For more information on this special event, and ordering the perfume and these unique roses, click here.
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