Power of Art

Power of Art

Another amazing opportunity for our Team Members to be participating members of our community! On April 9th ScentsAbility Team Members were invited to meet the Ladd Brothers at the Coral Springs Museum of Art during the Artist Meet & Greet as part of the Power of Art events in Coral Springs and Parkland  https://coralspringsmuseum.org/events/powerofart/

Housing options

Housing options

Housing Options for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are limited. The majority of this population live with family or in Group Homes.

As any young adult will probably tell you at one point or another, living with one’s parents is not always a great solution. Socialization is difficult as they may not have the opportunity to meet a lot of other people if he or she are constantly surrounded with the same family members. As parents age, it may become impossible for them to care for their child anymore, and the transition from a life-long residence could be more traumatic than if they had moved out when they were younger.

While there are some wonderful group homes with caring staff – this is not always the case. Group homes come in many varieties and can be paid for in many ways by state programs for people with disabilities.  Limited budgets result in less than ideal settings, programming and nutrition; and constantly changing staff is difficult for individuals with I/DD. 

Our goal at ScentsAbility is to develop an affordable, safe community for our Team Members who have expressed very clearly that they want to live as independently as they can WITH their peers. This is a difficult project and will take many years; but we are committed to succeeding… it’s what parents do for their kids – give them every opportunity to have a purposeful future!

Everyone has unique abilities.

Everyone has unique abilities.

Every ScentsAbility package includes a handwritten card from one of our Team Members. Writing in small spaces is very difficult for Jessica who has both visual and fine motor skills deficits. At ScentsAbility we modify the processes to give our Team Members the ability to reach their potential. A simple cut out template allows Jessica to write her name on the cards. One of our amazing moms, Sheri Scagliola (Katie’s mom) came up with this idea and now Jessica is writing her name independently!

AOL Holiday Heroes

Every holiday has its unsung hero, and AOL’s video series “Holiday Heroes” highlights those individuals who are making a difference in their communities.

A producer from AOL saw the story of ScentsAbility on South Florida’s Channel 10 News earlier this fall and ScentsAbilitiy was chosen as AOL’s Holiday Heroes. AOL sent a crew to the ScentsAbility candle shoppe to interview the team, and spend a day of candle making with the special young adults. It was a very special day for everyone. The morning was full of interviews and emotional individual stories. Then they went out for pizza with the crew for lunch. In the afternoon they returned to the candle shop and made candles, volcanoes and had lots of laughs. The AOL crew learned all about ScentsAbility’s mission to provide job training, employment and housing for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).


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Women’s Expo 2018 WEX

Women’s Expo 2018 WEX

WEX is the premier event for entrepreneurs, change-makers, go-getters, creatives, industry leaders, and any woman who has a dream and a mission to turn her ideas into reality. ScentsAbility was invited to attend and Director Bonnie Schmidt was nominated for the National WEX Award.

The team was up bright and early to setup for the event at Broward Convention Center. (Even the boys helped setup the booth! Then they went for breakfast while the women had fun!) It was non-stop speeches, networking, and selling. An incredible event that encourages women from all over the world to be the best they can be.

There wasn’t an open seat in the house when the award was announced and many were waiting in anticipation. To the surprise of team ScentsAbility, Bonnie was announced the winner of the 2018 WEX award! Bonnie, Lexy and Jessica made their way up to the stage and they were showered with photographers paparazzi style! Lexy was smiling from ear to ear.

Thank you to Alexa Carlin Founder and CEO of WEX for allowing Scentsability to be part of this very special event.

#womenempowerx #womenempowerexpo #wexftl #wex18 #friends #specialneeds

 

Candle Shoppe Talk Episode #5

It’s coming up on that time of the year and it’s time to work, work, work. The shoppe is busy with candle making, packing and shipping. Everyone has their hands full. Bonnie and Denise are keeping the team focused and they’re pumping out as many candles as possible. Jessica keeps the team motivated with her “I love you’s” all day long…

ScentsAbility attends JAFCO Fundraiser

ScentsAbility attends JAFCO Fundraiser

Year after year JAFCO invites the ScentsAbility team to the “In My Shoes” luncheon. It’s a special day to help raise funds to care for abused and neglected children and those with disabilities. ScentsAbility is always excited to show their latest products, and meet people from Palm Beach county that support their mission. Jessica was super excited when she ran into one of her favorite people, Siggy Flicker from Real Housewives of New Jersey. It was a great day of people, pictures and candles. Thank you to Sarah Franco Executive Director of JAFCO for inviting us to this amazing fundraising event.

 

Jack Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

Jack Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

A couple weeks ago we received a call from the Director at Jack Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. She saw the Channel 10 News segment on ScentsAbility and she instantly fell in love with our cause. She asked if she could put ScentsAbility candles in the gift shop at the hospital. The answer was a resounding yes!

They scheduled a day for the team to bring products for the gift shop to sell. We didn’t just bring some of our products for the gift shop but spent the whole day there.

 

They had us setup a table with all of our products so the hospital staff and visitors could see what ScentsAbility was all about. The team had an incredible day of sales! It was a very very long day for everyone and Lexy was pooped by the end of the day.

Thank you to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital for their support! We look forward to our next visit!

Candle Shoppe Talk: Episode #1

Jessica is mentally handicapped but is quite possibly the happiest person on Earth. Listen as she hosts Candle Shoppe Talk. Watch 60 seconds with Jessica as she talks about life at the candle shoppe.

Channel 10 Zachary MSD Strong

A Channel 10 News Exclusive by Neki Mohan

Zach is an incredible young man that experienced the tragedy at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, but managed to find therapy at Scentsability candles.

Zach attends Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School and experienced the terrible tragedy that occurred last year. When he was hiding in the school the first person to contact him was Bonnie the Director of ScentsAbility candles. Zach managed to get out safely, but has had struggles in dealing with the experience. His happy place became ScentsAbility candles. A place where he can help individuals with special needs and try to make the world a better place.

Zachary speaking at the National Candle Expo

Zach spoke at the National Candle Association Expo at Bonaventure Resort and Spa earlier this year. He discussed his entire experience at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, and how having the opportunity to help the special young adults at ScentsAbility candles has given him a new purpose. He’s struggled with the memories of what happened that day, but now every day at ScentsAbility is a great day. The smiles and camaraderie are contagious as anyone that has visited the shop will tell you. Zach has been Bonnies right hand man over the past few months, and he’s learned the entire process of each product that ScentsAbility makes.  He’s become a team leader and knows the individual disabilities of every special young adult at ScentsAbility. Zach is hero to everyone.