Curbside Chronicle Vendors Assemble and Sell Mother’s Day Flower Bouquets | Community
By Darla Shelden
Sentinel journalist of the city
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The vendors of Curbside Chronicle will be giving Oklahoma City residents a chance to purchase flowers for special women in their lives this Mother’s Day while supporting those trying to escape homelessness.
The Curbside Chronicle creates bouquets of flowers that will be made and sold by sellers who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
The Curbside Chronicle, a program of the Homeless Alliance, provides both a voice and employment opportunities for homeless people through the sale of its local magazine.
The program has expanded its product line to include wrapping paper designed by local artists and flower bouquets.
For Mother’s Day, curbside vendors are trained and paid to create bouquets that practice job skills such as teamwork, communication, and how to follow step-by-step instructions.
Vendors will then sell the arrangements in the Oklahoma City area at various pop-up stores, using their time management and social skills. Once the salespeople are paid for their work, the sales profits are reinvested in the salesperson program, funding essential services like case management for the participants.
“For customers, it’s a quick and easy way to help someone get out of roaming while still getting a great product in return,” said Ranya Forgotson, director of Curbside Chronicle. “For salespeople, this is an additional training and employment opportunity.
Vendors wearing Curbside Chronicle green vests will be easy to spot while selling a limited number of bouquets on sidewalks, in public spaces and at intersections throughout the Oklahoma City area from May 9 to 12.
All proceeds from bouquets purchased from individuals will go directly to that person struggling to get out of homelessness.
The Curbside Chronicle will also have pop-up booths located at DNA Galleries in the Plaza neighborhood, Leadership Square in downtown Oklahoma City, and Citizens Bank of Edmond in downtown Edmond.
All proceeds from kiosk purchases will support The Curbside Chronicle’s mission to employ and empower the men and women emerging from homelessness in Oklahoma City.
Flowers can be pre-ordered at CurbsideFlowers.org before May 6 and picked up at one of the pop-up kiosks. Small bouquets are $ 17, medium $ 48, and large arrangements are $ 96.
“These flowers are both a symbol of love and can also show that you care about people in our community who are homeless,” Forgotson said. “You can make your gifts even more special this Mother’s Day by giving an empowerment gift to someone in Oklahoma City who is working to improve their situation.”
The campaign is sponsored by Fowler Automotive, Citizen Bank of Edmond, Verbode, the Wheeler District and the Shakir Family.
Earlier this year, on January 9, the Curbside Chronicle received a donation of The challenge of big ideas, a grant competition hosted by the Oklahoma City Community Foundation in honor of their 50th anniversary. Over 80 entries were narrowed down to six winners, including Curbside.
The grant is the upfront payment for a traditional flower shop that will employ people coming out of homelessness year round. Curbside is looking for additional donations to make this happen, but hopes to open the flower shop this fall.
The florist will operate like a traditional florist, but will provide a supportive job for those trying to get out of homelessness.
On the occasion of Mother’s Day, Sunday May 12 at 11 a.m., the Curbside Chronicle will host Flowers & Sour at Oak & Ore, 1732 NW 16th Street, in the Plaza neighborhood. For more information call 405-606-2030 or visit Facebook event page.