Party Starters

Party Starters

One thing about Team ScentsAbility is that they all know how to have FUN! At the end of every NCA Convention there is a fabulous closing receipt; this year sponsored by AAK USA, Inc.  Leave it to our group to get the party started! A Caribbean band played songs, and where there is music and a dance floor – you will always find ScentsAbility! They somehow manage to get everyone up to dance and make sure that all the NCA Membes had a blast! The food was absolutely scrumptious and a wonderful time was had by all. The NCA’s first Conga Line was the highlight of the night! Check out the highlights at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8D8D3e7EOFY

Teachable Moments

Teachable Moments

The majority of the NCA Members are accustomed to traveling for business, eating on the road and staying in hotels. For the young adults of ScentsAbility this is a new experience; and one that takes training and practice. Change is very difficult for many of our Team Members, and eating in restaurants, sleeping in strange beds, being away from home can present many challenges. While the main purpose of the trip was business, we were able to take advantage of many teachable moments. Close attention had to be paid to everyone to make sure that they were handling all of the changes well, and to check to make sure they had proper clothing, healthy food choices and excellent hygiene. All of these experiences and lessons will help prepare our young adults for either independent or supported living in the future. 

This is the hardest part of being a parent or guardian of someone with IDD – figuring out where and how they will live after you are gone. It is a national crisis and the numbers of young adults with IDD that are in need of proper housing is staggering. We are so grateful to all the members of the NCA that support our membership and sponsor our team to attend the annual conventions as we strive to provide not only employment; but a life for our young adults. 

ScentsAbility Demonstration

ScentsAbility Demonstration

This year at the NCA, ScentsAbility was also given the opportunity to demonstrate how tasks are modified to match both the cognitive and physical abilities of employees with IDD. Operations Director, Michael Mack, led our amazing Artisans while they demonstrated how they prepare the wicks, clean the glass, wick the glass, secure the wick and pour the candles. ScentsAbility has developed tools and procedures that allow ALL of our Artisans to participate and succeed in the production, labeling, packaging and shipping of our beautiful candles. To learn more about our demo ….click here

The Temple of Time

The Temple of Time

The Temple of Time, constructed in Coral Springs as part of the healing process for the students, first responders and families of victims of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas has been completed. Artist David Best asked to work with the special needs community and everyone at ScentsAbility was honored to work on this special project.

Now completed, members of the community are visiting daily “leaving their pain” at the temple. Artist David Best explained to our group…”In order for people to feel safe, to feel and express deep emotion so they can heal, the temples must be beautiful and delicate, while at the same time being strong to provide comforting support”.

The ScentsAbility group worked at the site twice to assist with temple construction and will be special guests at the ceremonial burn of the temple.

Incredible meeting with one of the largest Developers

Incredible meeting with one of the largest Developers

This past month we had incredible meetings with one of the largest Developers in the City of Boynton Beach; along with one of the Assistant City Managers – both working on the downtown redevelopment. They expressed great interest in working with us to create an affordable, supportive community for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The next step is to create a conceptual plan and supply the city with information on the quantity and types of housing we are looking for. We are also in the process of developing a housing interest survey that will be distributed to families in the next few weeks.

This project will be several years in the making and we need the financial support of our community! More information will be included in the next few newsletters about our housing task force and ways you can help!

We continue to provide independent living experiences for everyone at ScentsAbility including lessons in cooking and shopping – skills that will be necessary as we move closer to our goals.

Make your business gift memorable and impactful

Make your business gift memorable and impactful

MAKE YOUR BUSINESS GIFT MEMORABLE AND IMPACTFUL with ScentsAbility’s beautiful soy blend candles.

The “Miss Manners” of business gifting, Knack founder Laura Jennings, says there is an etiquette of business gifting. The objective is “…to maximize the experience for business gift recipients, while advancing the objectives of the companies sending all those gifts”.

Recipients are especially impacted by a gift that tells a story and facilitates a deeper personal connection, which 94% of top executives believe is important to business success. A meaning-filled business gift can have a profound influence on the recipient’s feelings about the gifter and the gifter’s company.

ScentsAbility Candles are the perfect gift for your customers. Choose from one of our beautiful scents – or create your own corporate fragrance. We will work with you to create a custom gift in your budget; professionally packaged and handle all the shipping – just send us your list. It’s that easy! Each gift supports our mission to provide job training and employment for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

Thank you to Bankers Healthcare Group for trusting ScentsAbility with your Corporate Gifts.

For information or to create the perfect gift for your clients and customers call 954-234-4405 or email

Stayin’ Fit and Lovin’ it

Stayin’ Fit and Lovin’ it

Every Tuesday several of our young adults have been participating in a one-hour personal training session taught by Teresa Higgins held at Ultimate Sports Institute (USI) in Weston. Both USI and Theresa have donated their time and space and we are incredibly grateful. Fitness training is not easy for young adults with IDD. Regular classes at big gyms are hard to follow, too fast, and intimidating. Theresa is so encouraging and teaches the importance of exercise and healthy nutrition. We are so grateful to Theresa and USI and excited to continue on our path to healthy eating and fitness!

Building the Temple

As mentioned in our last newsletter, internationally renowned sculptor David Best, the Temple of Time, a place where all those touched by the tragic Parkland shooting can bring their pain, their tears, their rage and their sorrow. We were so grateful to be given the opportunity to volunteer with the crew. Everyone worked so hard and the crew was so patient and kind to all of the young adults at ScentsAbility. Tasks included carrying wood, stacking and helping decorate the wood panels to be used as flooring.

David Best was there and made everyone comfortable and confident that their work was appreciated. The work was exhausting…but very fulfilling. We left satisfied that we participated in such an important community project and we look forward to doing it again next week.

For three months, the temple — a secular work of art — will be open daily from 7 a.m. to dusk …then, in mid-May, it will be destroyed in a ceremonial fire. The burning ceremony is meant to be a cathartic experience, helping people in pain release their grief and move beyond their suffering, while never forgetting those lost that day.
https://www.facebook.com/scentsabilityus/videos/2354422188121158

Affordable Housing Update

Affordable Housing Update

We are continuing in our efforts to develop and build an affordable, supportive Housing Community every day. Project Manager, Denise Anderson, attended a meeting in Orlando with the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council in partnership with the Florida Housing Coalition where she met with the Stakeholder Work Group to assist in the development of a Community Involvement Plan. The plan will provide strategies for the Disability Community to increase participation in local planning processes surrounding affordable, accessible, inclusive housing.

ScentsAbility Board Members met with Boynton Beach City Managers and the Community Redevelopment Agency, joined by Jack Kosik, housing guru and co-founder of Noah’s Arc. At that meeting everyone agreed that Boynton Beach is the perfect city to build our affordable, inclusive community. Stay tuned for more details in the next few months.

In preparation for the future, some of our young adults are practicing by spending weekends away from home. Our goal is to start the transition slowly by planning supervised overnights and paving the way for their path to independence!

ScentsAbility offers On the Job Training

ScentsAbility offers On the Job Training

It is so important for community organizations to work together to provide quality services for our young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). ScentsAbility welcomed Gulfstream Goodwill
https://www.gulfstreamgoodwill.org/ Job Training Program for a day at the candle shop. We had two groups of young adults from Palm Beach and everyone had an incredible, fun learning experience and learned what it takes to work in a candle factory. We made candles, custom air freshener sachet ScentRocks and everyone went home with a “scent”sational swag bag! The young adults all got along so well, enjoyed a lunch at Pizza Time and made new friends. We are very excited that one of the young adults has agreed to participate join ScentsAbility’s On The Job Training (OJT) program doing some graphic design work. Gulfstream Goodwill’s program helps young adults with IDD discover and build their career goals. The trainees receive pay while they are in training and work with their job
coach to find a position in their field of interest.

Vocational Rehabilitation funds OJT services both directly and through approved agencies such as Gulfstream Goodwill. If your agency is looking for a quality OJT site please contact bonnie@scentsability.org.

A Great Accomplishment

At ScentsAbility we have an amazing team of young adults that work extremely hard. We modify many of our tasks to give everyone the best chance at success. The dedication and determination of each and every employee is inspiring. As part of our preparation for a Magic Candle event on Tuesday, Feb 5th at Bright Horizons School, we pre-wick all the jars and pre-label the lids…no easy task considering we will have over 150 students making candles!
Khari Moench, who has limited mobility and vision, placed over 150 Valentine’s Day labels on lids and accomplished a task that most thought he could not do. We are so incredibly proud of Khari as he shows the world every day that there are no limits! Great job Khari!

Upcoming Events:

A very special event on Friday, February 8th in Boynton Beach…Magic Wheels & Special Deals https://www.boynton-beach.org/magic from 6 PM – 7:30 PM at Barrier Free Park. Team ScentsAbility will be there with Magic Candles!
We have been asked to participate in a vendor event at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital on Thursday, February 14th. If you are in the area stop by!

ScentsAbility is helping David Best build a Temple!

Last week we had the BEST visitor come to ScentsAbility…literally. David Best, internationally acclaimed American sculptor spent an hour at ScentsAbility spreading his inspirational messages. He is well-known for building huge unaffiliated temples out of recycled wood for the Burning Man festivals, this year being held in Nevada on August 25th. As David has expressed “In order for people to feel safe, to feel and express deep emotion and so they can heal, the temples must be beautiful and delicate while at the same time being strong to provide comforting support”.  David encourages people to write messages within the temple, things they wish to have closure around. Temples are lit a blaze, burning to the ground, along with everyone’s emotional baggage held within.

As part of the healing process from the anniversary date of the tragic shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, David Best will be building a temple in Coral Springs. When he was at ScentsAbility he told our young adults that his greatest inspiration comes from people. He was genuinely moved by the spirit and heart of our young adults and has asked us to participate in the building of this incredible temple. We are honored to be part of this healing project.