Non-profit flower shop in West Chester offers meaningful employment for employees with special needs


Floral Designs by Kati Mac

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Emily, daughter of Elaine Scott and an employee of Kati Mac Floral Designs.

Elaine Scott and Colleen Brennan have taken over Kati Mac Floral Designs, a non-profit flower shop in West Chester, aiming to provide meaningful employment for people with developmental disabilities, writes Stephanie Farr for the Inquirer of Philadelphia.

“We’re really proud of the fact that over 50% of our employees have special needs,” Brennan said. “It would be rare for someone to walk into our store and not see one of our employees with special needs working.”

Last year the two were given the shop which has been a West Chester staple for over a decade by its former owners. They wanted to help the two women achieve their dream of creating a place where people with special needs can get meaningful jobs.

The goal of the new nonprofit is to create a positive space for people with dementia to learn, train and grow. Currently, six out of ten employees are people with Down syndrome, including Scott’s daughter, Emily.

“It means so much to me that Emily is working here, enjoying her job and finding her niche,” Scott said.

Read more about Kati Mac Floral Designs in the Philadelphia plaintiff.

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