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    Spotlight: Yellow Daffodil

    The unemployment rate for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) is more than double that of those without disabilities.

    Woods Services is committed to creating a range of work opportunities that enable everyone to contribute to and impact the world.

    The Yellow Daffodil Flower and Gift Shop empowers people with IDD to develop and learn valuable expertise that builds self-confidence and independence. 

    Manager Kym Talarico personifies this.

    She values inclusion, demonstrating that in how she supports and inspires her employees.

    They learn transferable skills in product development, merchandising, sales, and inventory, providing them with work experience to help them throughout their lives.

    Talarico has created an environment of discovery in which employees are encouraged to try new tasks that often ignite their passions. 

    One of Kym’s employees, Avi Saltzman, created a new product line – a successful jewelry line called Aviology – and he has inspired and supported others to follow his lead.

    These efforts have resulted in well-earned honors for staff. Both have been nominated for The 2021 Greater Philadelphia Social Innovations Awards.

    The pandemic pushed this work to new levels.

    To stay open, the enterprises needed to collaborate.

    The effort between The Yellow Daffodil and Woods’ other social enterprises, all located on Woods’ campus that’s closed to the public during the pandemic, includes opening the shop’s Pine Watson location for Woods Wear and Common Grounds Cafe pickup orders to keep our campus safe.

    With this in place, orders have continued.

    Among these orders, Woods Wear printed masks for two State Representatives during the November election. 

    About Woods Services

    In 1913, schoolteacher Mollie Woods founded Woods with two goals: advance quality of life and standard of care for individuals with disabilities.

    We continue her mission by helping people with disabilities and challenges achieve their highest potential. 

    Visit woods.org/ledger.

    PHOTO CAP: Avi Saltzman at work at the Yellow Daffodil Flower and Gift Shop

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