Joan Volpe, Executive Director, and Jori Gregan, Retail Sales Manager, of the non-profit organization ‘Roses for Autism’ ( http://rosesforautism.com ) were in the studio to share their wonderful mission to train individuals with autism for meaningful, permanent employment in their local communities, using a viable agricultural business and a state-of-the-art career training program.
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are diagnosed in 1 in 88 children in the U.S., affecting 4 times as many boys as girls. Once these individuals reach adulthood, the unemployment rate is 25-50%, and the under-empoyment rate is even higher. Roses for Autism at the Pinchbeck Farm (RFA) hopes to change this by offering career training and hands-on employment opportunities for adults living with ASD.
Roses for Autism ( http://rosesforautism.com ) offers 16 varieties of fresh, full-blooming fragrant roses, 3 varieties of lilies, and colorful gerbera daisies to both retail and wholesale outlets. Locals can pull up to the farm 6 days a week and buy our regionally-renown Pinchbeck flowers for themselves or a loved one, and watch our operation in action. Other customers can order special occasion and everyday "thinking of you" gifts for next-day delivery anywhere in the U.S., or request floral arrangements to welcome attendees at meetings, conventions, dinners, and other special events.
Like roses, people (and businesses!) bud and bloom and sometimes wither and break and then bud again. That's the story of Roses for Autism at the Pinchbeck Farm. With your support, RFA can become a story that grows beyond possibilities into the fabric of America's workforce. Such an outcome would be a growth opportunity for all.
Roses for Autism
929 Boston Post Road
Guilford , Connecticut