Due to challenges integrating into society and the workforce, the community of individuals living within the autism spectrum faces an 85% unemployment rate. These individuals' skills remain largely untapped because employers either misunderstand their condition or lack adequate resources to incorporate their abilities. Focusing on employment opportunities for adults with autism, Roses for Autism equips individuals on the autism spectrum with the skills necessary to build better lives with a transitional job-training program.
Working on the Pinchbeck Rose Farm, Roses for Autism employees develop the skills necessary to gain productive employment in other businesses around the region by growing, packing, and marketing more than one million locally grown roses in 16 varieties every year. In addition to gaining job skills in areas such as delivery, web development, and accounting, workers can build stronger social skills and lasting relationships with people facing similar challenges and circumstances, leading to an expanded social network and greater potential for future success.
Join G-Team and donate $25 to help adults diagnosed with autism receive transitional job training and gain skills for future employment. If G-Team members raise $625, Roses for Autism will be able to sponsor participants in its job training program, giving individuals on the autism spectrum access to meaningful employment and skills training. G-Team members who donate can also redeem their Groupons for $50 worth of flowers and locally grown roses, crafted and marketed by Roses for Autism program participants.
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Roses for Autism
In 1929, Tom Pinchbeck’s great grandfather traveled to Guilford with his family and staked their new territory with a massive greenhouse. For the next 79 years, Pinchbeck’s Rose Farm nurtured 100,000 rose bushes until highly industrial competition began to cloud their traditional production methods.
Rather than closing the doors on his farm, Pinchbeck restructured the business with his friend Jim Lyman. Lyman had been seeking a meaningful job opportunity for his son and other individuals on the autism spectrum. Through Roses for Autism—and in coordination with Ability Beyond Disability—Lyman and Pinchbeck aim to facilitate independence in the business world for individuals with autism. Employees at the farm take part in each step of the process by selecting roses, cutting stems, arranging bouquets, checking inventories, processing orders, and packaging shipments to be enjoyed by hungry bees and brides across the country.