Community Options Inc. Receives $30,000 Grant
“Blooming To Work” Community Options Inc. Receives $30,000 Grant From Kessler Foundation For Project
September 29, 2013
PRINCETON, New Jersey. On September 16, 2013, Community Options, Inc.
received a $30,000 Community Employment Grant for its “Blooming To Work”
project from Kessler Foundation.
“Blooming To Work” is a 12-month job-training project for Community
Options Vaseful Flowers and Gifts shop in New Brunswick and Hillsborough
that will provide valuable marketing and telemarketing skills to 12
individuals with disabilities. Vaseful is the only non-profit full
service flower shop in New Jersey.
The grant will provide funds for staff and partners? time on the project,
equipment, supplies, dissemination, travel, printing and job seminars.
The trained individuals will help to improve email, online, and print
marketing for the shop as well as receive hands-on training to enhance
telemarketing and direct mail activities.
As part of the project’s goals, the four individuals will create one
training manual and increase sales 20 percent by the end of September
2014. As a result, the 12 individuals will gain confidence with
technology, improve self-esteem, empowerment to overcome societal barriers
for employment and prepare for more advanced skills training. Community
Options will supply job development activities to augment the individuals’
opportunities to obtain competitive employment in their community.
“Community Options is proud to be partnering with Kessler Foundation to
provide employment to people with disabilities as we enter our 25th year
of serving the community,”said Community Options Founder, President and
CEO, Robert Stack.
Vaseful Flowers and Gifts shop opened in 1998. The New Brunswick location
is at 172 Hamilton Street. The Hillsborough location is at 2230 Camplain
Road. Vaseful Flowers and Gifts shop is online as well, at
Kessler Foundation is a public charity dedicated to improving the quality
of life for people with disabilities through research, innovation,
demonstration, application, and dissemination. Kessler Foundation
primarily serves Middlesex and Somerset County.
For nearly 25 years, Community Options has developed housing and
employment programs for people with disabilities. Currently the 8th
largest non-profit in New Jersey, Community Options operates with a budget
over $96 million and serves thousands of people with disabilities through
38 offices across 8 states. Providing advocacy assistance to empower
people with disabilities, Community Options believes that all people,
regardless of disability level, should live and work in the community
with dignity, choice, and self-determination. A registered PVO with USAID,
Community Options is also the pioneer of innovative programs for people
with disabilities in the Middle East, Russia, and South America. Please
visit our website at www.comop.org.