Clients concerned as Roses for Autism closes

New Haven

“A lot of our flower arrangements come out great,” said Melissa Weaving, a client with Roses for Autism. “They are amazing.”

Because of her training Weaving has been able to blossom like the roses she arranges.

“It got me a job at Just for Buttons,” said Weaving.

“Right away she came home she said ‘Ma, I like it.’ I finally fit in,” said Melissa’s mother Michele Weaving.

The clients at Roses for Autism learn life and work skills but they’re also given one on one attention to help with their unique challenges.

“The staff cares and that’s the biggest part of the whole puzzle,” said parent Rich McNeely. His daughter has been going to Roses for Autism for three years.

There’s even a sensory garden at the Guilford farm. But come June 15th the bloom will be off this rose permanently.

“We were devastated obviously,” said Clare McNeely.

“They learn tools about how to cope with a very noisy very over stimulating world,” said Rich McNeely.

“Unfortunately our business has faced the same challenges that the Pinchbeck family faced when they decided to close their three generation business,” said Michelle Ouimette, Managing Director with Ability Beyond, Roses for Autism.

Related: Roses for Autism opens sensory garden in Guilford

Ouimette says the parent organization Ability Beyond will work with the families to develop individual transition programs.

“I find really the magic ingredient is creating a welcoming and Therapeutic environment and meeting each individual where they are,” said Ouimette.

But parents say programs tailored to those with Autism are few and far between.

“Now what? Where are these young adults going to go? What are they going to do?” asks Michele Weaving.

“They’re closing? Oh no. No,” said Annie Clark of Branford.

She has been coming to Roses for Autism to buy flowers for years.

“This is the most wonderful place in the world,” said Clark.

Folks at Roses for Autism hope people continue to come in through Mothers day because that will help support the program over the next three months.

In the meantime Melissa Weaving keeps her fingers crossed the program can be saved. 

“What can happen? We don’t know what’s going to happen,” said Weaving.

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