WEST CHESTER The Kati Mac Floral Designers shop is open to the public first. However, it also provides a loving environment for six employees who have intellectual disabilities.
The shop, located at 36 S. High St. in San Francisco, was owned by a non-profit staff of four intellectually impaired people and two interns. It took over ownership on June 1, 2021.
Each employee performs all tasks in an environment that allows intellectually disabled individuals to learn and grow.
This is a place where people can be supported and learn about the flower business. Elaine Scott, KatiMac co-owner and manager, said. It can be difficult for some to find meaningful work.
Some employers won’t take the time to train and be patient with this skill set.
Scott’s 25-year old daughter is a new employee at the flower shop. She recently graduated from West Chester University’s RAM Initiative program with an associates degree.
She was vague about her plans for what she would do with her earnings, but she did say that she was saving the money for a surprise.
She said that the job makes her feel special.
Colleen Brennan co-owns Kati Mac. She is especially grateful for the environment where more that half of the staff can learn, contribute and grow.
Scott and Brennan met for the first time at Chester County Down Syndrome Interest Group, a support group Scott started 24 years back. Both share a common vision about the work place.
Many years of fundraising led to the creation of the non-profit floral shop.
Brennan stated that we want the community to see how individuals living with intellectual disabilities can make a meaningful contribution to society.
The flower shop provides services for all occasions, including weddings and funerals. All employees contribute.
Brennan stated that it is not just menial work, but crucial work that will ensure our success.
Scott said it was so exciting to be a part a special day.
Interns are two employees from the Discover program. This partnership is with Chester County Intermediate Unit. After graduating from high school, post-grad students can stay in school for up to three years.
The Transitional Living Program on Gay Street is where the interns go to learn independence skills.
Scott said that the support of the post-graduation employment program is a benefit to us. Its community is based on our mission and supports it.
Christy Rainey manages individuals with special needs. She enjoys her job and the satisfaction that workers receive.
Amy Smith, Shop Assistant, enjoys watching her coworkers interact with the community.
Call 610-431-9440 to reach Kati Mac. For more information, please visit www.katimacfloraldesigns.com or follow on Instagram @Katimacfloraldesigns.