Bloom Bloom is a non-profit social venture that empowers artisans of all abilities by providing design, production, marketing and sales support services.

Bloom is a non-profit social venture that empowers artisans of all abilities by providing design, production, marketing and sales support services. Our mission is to help create a more sustainable and socially-conscious community. Every BLOOM purchase provides opportunities for people with disabilities.

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Bloom will be participating in the Holiday Market on Saturday, December 4th from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.Please come by a...
11/15/2021

Bloom will be participating in the Holiday Market on Saturday, December 4th from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Please come by and help support the artisans by purchasing their beautifully handcrafted items for Christmas gifts or for any other reason to make someone smile!

Bloom will be participating in the Holiday Market on Saturday, December 4th from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Please come by and help support the artisans by purchasing their beautifully handcrafted items for Christmas gifts or for any other reason to make someone smile!

New Gift Shop in Old Town Helps People with DisabilitiesThe collaboration between the Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund  (JPMF)...
10/18/2021

New Gift Shop in Old Town Helps People with Disabilities
The collaboration between the Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund (JPMF) and ServiceSource provides meaningful employment for people with disabilities.

BY SUSANNAH MOORE

OCT. 12, 2021 7:35 A.M.
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Open for business.jpgIMAGE COURTESY OF THE B.E.S.T. GIFT SHOP
If you have driven by 122 S. Patrick St. recently, you may have noticed a new store whose black signage with white and red lettering boldly states itself as The B.E.S.T Gift Shop. Once you find out the amazing story behind it, you’ll realize the claim isn’t’ so bold after all.

B.E.S.T stands for “Building Employment Solutions Together” and is a collaboration between the Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund (JPMF) and ServiceSource to provide meaningful employment for people with disabilities.

“This is a project that has been in the works since pre-pandemic, late 2019. The Pizzano family and JPMF, they came to us with this idea for a program for adults with disabilities to go each day, learn work skills, engage in meaningful activities which is very aligned with a lot of the programs we run now,” explained Theresa Piccolo, a Division Manager of Long Term and Community Integration Services for ServiceSource. Unfortunately, the pandemic forced the program to go on pause until this July.

The B.E.S.T program describes itself as a mobile work crew of four participants and one staff member that is eager to partner with businesses to solve their daily service needs. Possible services include inventory and stocking of supplies, shredding, assembling, copying, light cleaning (vacuuming, sanitizing, dusting), light garden work (watering plants), mailing/packets, customized tasks and sanitizing/cleaning gym equipment.

“Right now what we are doing is training them (program participants) on various tasks, sweeping, gardening, we are getting them prepared to work in the store so greeting, stocking over there, stocking in the program location, those are a few of the things that we are starting to build their skills up with so that post-COVID we’ll be able to market them better,” said Monita Garrett who is Program Manager for The B.E.S.T program.

In September, The B.E.S.T. gift shop opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony planned for the end of October. Larrisha Leach is the Sales & Marketing Specialist for the store and explained that the purpose of the gift shop is “to show the community what people with disabilities can do and on the other side to support our people with disabilities, small businesses, big businesses, promoting them and getting them more spotlight.”

The shop inventory comes from individuals and artisans with disabilities from around the country including a few local ones like Bloom artisans based in Oakton and Arlington Weaves, Etc. Visitors to the store can find scarves, jewelry, soaps, candles, cards, tote bags, prints, paintings and other beautiful and unique items for sale.

Even without a lot of publicity, members of the community have noticed the new shop. “Our glass display and The B.E.S.T. gift shop has been eye-catching to folks and they have been coming by and they’re like ‘I want to know what’s so best about The B.E.S.T. Gift Shop?’ Leach described. Once they find out that the beautiful items are created by people with disabilities, they are incredibly supportive.

“I think it kind of brings it home too when they realize that there’s a day support attached to the store so that they’re able to see individuals with disabilities and what they’re actually doing…not only are we selling their products but we’re actually advocating for them to make more products,” Garrett added.

The B.E.S.T Gift Shop is located at 122 S. Patrick St. and is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

ServiceSource will be participating again in this wonderful community event. Stop by our tent and see the beautiful hand...
09/17/2021

ServiceSource will be participating again in this wonderful community event. Stop by our tent and see the beautiful handcrafted items for sale. Help support our mission!

ServiceSource will be participating again in this wonderful community event. Stop by our tent and see the beautiful handcrafted items for sale. Help support our mission!

Fall is around the corner and we hope you are ready to shop! New handmade items by artisans who are so excited to sell t...
09/09/2021

Fall is around the corner and we hope you are ready to shop! New handmade items by artisans who are so excited to sell their products, so please come in and support our mission.

The Daily Blossom Cafe has finally reopened! Please stop by to say hello, eat some delicious food and see the many beaut...
07/19/2021

The Daily Blossom Cafe has finally reopened!
Please stop by to say hello, eat some delicious food and see the many beautiful items created by Bloom’s artisans that are for sale.

The Daily Blossom Cafe has finally reopened!
Please stop by to say hello, eat some delicious food and see the many beautiful items created by Bloom’s artisans that are for sale.

I’m so happy to see the Bloom artisans are back expressing themselves through art.
07/16/2021

I’m so happy to see the Bloom artisans are back expressing themselves through art.

The VCAA virtual art show included our Bloom artisans who were able to showcase their many talents. Enjoy the video!http...
06/24/2021
VCAA Art Showcase

The VCAA virtual art show included our Bloom artisans who were able to showcase their many talents.

Enjoy the video!

https://youtu.be/j86dI_NOkNE

Artists were invited to submit their work for a virtual art show held on the Virtual Center for Active Adults on Friday, May 21, 2021. This recording was don...

Mary creates beautiful cards and is very passionate about her work. Congratulations!
05/03/2021

Mary creates beautiful cards and is very passionate about her work. Congratulations!

Sending congratulations to Mary, another Bloom artisan in Virginia who used the income she earned from ServiceSource’s self-employment program to purchase a new watch. “I’m saving up to buy a new laptop next!” said Mary.

Bloom’s self-employment program invites artisans with disabilities to use their creative talents to create handmade greeting cards. “I like making all types of greeting cards,” said Mary. “I also enjoy visiting with my friends virtually on our weekly zoom calls.”

Bloom is supported by ServiceSource with 100 percent of the proceeds for each Bloom item going to the artisan who created it. For more information or to partner with Bloom, contact bloo[email protected].

Great job Trish!
03/26/2021

Great job Trish!

Congratulations Eric! I love your new jacket! We all enjoy seeing your smile and hearing your laughter during our classe...
02/10/2021

Congratulations Eric! I love your new jacket! We all enjoy seeing your smile and hearing your laughter during our classes.

Congratulations to Eric, a Bloom artisan in Virginia who used the income he made from ServiceSource’s self-employment program to purchase a new Star Trek jacket!

Eric continues to connect virtually with other artisans in the program to create handcrafted greeting cards. “I’m proud of myself. I’m a hard worker,” he says.

Bloom is a self-employment and social venture supported by ServiceSource that empowers people with disabilities to use their creative talents and enjoy artistic experiences. 100 percent of the proceeds for each item go to the artisan who create it.

For more information or to learn how you can partner with Bloom, contact [email protected].

Visit our Etsy shop and see the new items that have just been added. etsy.com/shop/bloomweaves
01/08/2021

Visit our Etsy shop and see the new items that have just been added. etsy.com/shop/bloomweaves

Visit our Etsy shop and see the new items that have just been added. etsy.com/shop/bloomweaves

Kim, you are such a pleasure to teach! I am so proud of you!
01/06/2021

Kim, you are such a pleasure to teach! I am so proud of you!

Congratulations to Kim, another Bloom artisan in Virginia who used the income she earned from ServiceSource’s self-employment program to purchase a new desk and office chair for her to have her own space to create greeting cards over Zoom.

Bloom’s self-employment program empowers artisans with disabilities to use their creative talents to create products for customers to purchase. “I love Bloom and am excited to continue the program,” said Kim. “I also enjoy teaming up with my coworkers or other artisans in the program virtually.”

Bloom is supported by ServiceSource with 100 percent of the proceeds for each Bloom item going to the artisan who created it. For more information or to partner with Bloom, contact [email protected].

Thank you for your support. All of the Bloom artisans want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a joyful New Year!
12/24/2020

Thank you for your support.
All of the Bloom artisans want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a joyful New Year!

The Washkewicz Family Foundation made a $25,000 to the ServiceSource Foundation to incentivize donors with a $1 for $1 match to support Florida Veterans through the Warrior Bridge Program.

Help us reach our goal to turn the $25,000 donation from the Washkewicz Family Foundation into $50,000.

You can make a year-end gift by December 31, 2020 to take full advantage of the 2020 IRS tax deductions, including the special 2020 exemption under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act allowing tax filers to deduct up to $300 for cash donations made during the pandemic.

Take advantage and donate today at http://ow.ly/5ILw50CT9uR.

So proud of you Elizabeth!
12/21/2020

So proud of you Elizabeth!

Congratulations to Elizabeth, a Bloom artisan in Virginia who used the income she made from ServiceSource’s self-employment program to purchase a new pair of shoes!

Elizabeth remains active with Bloom by connecting virtually with other artisans in the program to create handcrafted greeting cards. “I enjoy making cards for people and feel proud when I get my paycheck, she says. “I also like connecting over Zoom to create new products.”

Bloom is a self-employment and social venture supported by ServiceSource that empowers people with disabilities to use their creative talents and enjoy artistic experiences. 100 percent of the proceeds for each item go to the artisan who created it.

For more information or to partner with Bloom, contact [email protected].

Thank you to the Washkewicz Family Foundation for making this project so special! The Bloom artisans have been creating ...
12/20/2020

Thank you to the Washkewicz Family Foundation for making this project so special!
The Bloom artisans have been creating holiday cards for the veterans and are enjoying the many rewards that it has to offer them.
A special thanks to Sarah and her RSVP volunteers who were able to meet the deadline and have every card signed with a personal handwritten message.
To the veterans, thank you, thank you, thank you!
To all, a very Happy Holiday and a safe and healthy New Year!

Etsy.com/shop/bloomweaves and choose the perfect gift or purchase one for yourself.
12/14/2020

Etsy.com/shop/bloomweaves and choose the perfect gift or purchase one for yourself.

It’s not too late to shop locally online for the holidays! Visit the new ArlingtonWeaves, Etc. Etsy Shop: http://ow.ly/4PQ950CKYgM.

The ArlingtonWeaves, Etc. product line includes colorful, handcrafted tote bags, purses and more, woven by artisans with disabilities. One hundred percent of the proceeds from your purchased item are given to the artisan who created it.

Thanks for shopping!

Visit our new Etsy shop and help support the talented artisans. 100% of the proceeds go directly to the artisans. Etsy.c...
12/05/2020

Visit our new Etsy shop and help support the talented artisans. 100% of the proceeds go directly to the artisans.
Etsy.com/shop/bloomweaves
Here are a few of the many handwoven, hand sewn purses, pouches and totes we are selling.

ServiceSource
12/03/2020

ServiceSource

INTRODUCING: the ArlingtonWeaves, Etc. Online Etsy Shop! Although the holiday season looks a bit different this year, we can still share joy by shopping locally online. Consider purchasing gifts from ArlingtonWeaves, Etc. this year from our new online Etsy shop.

ArlingtonWeaves, Etc. products are handcrafted and woven by artisans with disabilities and include colorful tote bags, pencil cases and so much more. One hundred percent of the proceeds for each item are given to the artisan who created it.

Visit our website for more information and help support the artisans of ArlingtonWeaves, Etc.: http://ow.ly/ADZt50CBE1I

Happy shopping!

This project has been so successful in so many ways.
11/19/2020

This project has been so successful in so many ways.

ServiceSource
08/24/2020

ServiceSource

ServiceSource Florida and Virginia are teaming up to launch a new virtual volunteerism project thanks to funding from the Washkewicz Family Foundation.

Leslie Morris, Creative Manager for Bloom, a self-employment program that provides participants with the opportunity to earn money while expressing themselves, is engaging artisans virtually. Bloom Artisans are helping to create greeting cards for socially isolated veterans at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System Hospital and Homeless Empowerment Program in Clearwater, FL. Once the cards are created, they are sent to senior volunteers from the Pinellas County Opportunity Council to write encouraging messages and distribute them to more than 350 veterans.

This new virtual volunteerism project affords welcomed and meaningful engagement for Bloom artisans and our dependable volunteers. We are proud of our ability to work across state lines to make a difference!

BLOOM is ready for Spring! Please come in and purchase new items to help support our mission. Handcrafted by artisans wi...
03/13/2020

BLOOM is ready for Spring!
Please come in and purchase new items to help support our mission. Handcrafted by artisans with disabilities.

Love is in the air! Come in to shop for your special Valentine and help support the artisans with disabilities.
02/10/2020

Love is in the air!
Come in to shop for your special Valentine and help support the artisans with disabilities.

I am thrilled to see that Bloom has made it’s way to our new location in Utah! It’s now a National program.
01/23/2020

I am thrilled to see that Bloom has made it’s way to our new location in Utah!
It’s now a National program.

ServiceSource
01/22/2020

ServiceSource

Meet Janeth. Janeth is a self-employed artist at ArlingtonWeaves, Etc. She is one of the most prolific weavers in the program.

Janeth has been weaving for seven years and gains most of her artistic inspiration from her travels and her community. She enjoys coming to ArlingtonWeaves, Etc. where she creates unique weave structures that represent beauty, utility and comfort. She challenges herself every day to learn beyond the basics. “The best thing about weaving is being embraced as an artist when others admire my work!”

Dedicated participants like Janeth use their talents and skills to strengthen their independence. To support self-employed artists like Janeth, visit www.servicesource.org/donate.

ServiceSource
01/14/2020

ServiceSource

The holidays aren’t over yet! Bloom Artisans are still selling their holiday-themed artwork at ServiceSource Virginia’s Oakton location, and according to Bloom Artisan, Theresa, the holiday stuff is her favorite – “I like the snowmen and candy!”

Because of the program, Theresa has learned so much. Leslie Morris, Director of the Self-Employment Program and Retail Sales Manager says, Theresa’s “flair for design is so evident in her work. She has become so much more extroverted which flows over to many other areas in her life.”

To support Theresa and other Artisans, consider giving the gift that gives back by purchasing Bloom products at the Oakton Community Resource Center, 10467 White Granite Drive from 8:00 am – 3:30 pm.

ServiceSource
01/14/2020

ServiceSource

The ServiceSource family just got a little bit bigger! As of January 1, ServiceSource affiliated with the Pioneer Adult Rehabilitation Center (PARC) Community Foundation, an organization that has dedicated itself to serving individuals with disabilities in the Clearfield, Utah community for more than 45 years! Together, our mission is to facilitate services and partnerships that support people with disabilities, their families, their caregivers, and community members in order to build more inclusive communities.

PARC provides employment and other services to individuals with disabilities by operating affirmative employment contracts with the Federal government under the AbilityOne Program and state government under the Utah state use program. PARC is accredited by CARF, the Rehabilitation Commission, for the services that it provides to more than 400 individuals annually.

PARC has already replicated our Bloom self-employment venture, pictured below. Now, across the country, Artisans are expressing their creativity and building self-sufficiency by designing unique pieces to sell.

We are very excited for this affiliation and are so proud to continue growing our community.

PARC - People with Disabilities Contributing to their Community
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ServiceSource
12/19/2019

ServiceSource

Mary is one of many talented Bloom Artisans. She designs beautiful greeting cards and gift bags for people to share with their families and friends, especially during the holidays. Mary carefully makes each of her cards look nice and neat and loves using glitter and gems to add a bit of extra sparkle. Her favorite part of being an Artisan is selling her work to the community, “I feel so proud seeing other people buy and enjoy my work.”

Leslie Morris, Director of the Self-Employment Program and Retail Sales Manager, enjoys Mary’s positive attitude and friendly smile. “Mary chooses all her own designs and likes what she produces. She is so much more confident in her work and all other areas of life” as a result of the self-employment program.

Give a gift that gives back this holiday season. Visit Bloom at the Oakton Community Resource Center, 10467 White Granite Drive from 8:00 am – 3:30 pm.

ServiceSource
12/05/2019
ServiceSource

ServiceSource

Continue building a lifetime of memories for you and people with disabilities this holiday season!

The ServiceSource Foundation received an individual donation of nine building structures and more than 10 additional village accent pieces from the Dickens' Christmas Village collection. In celebration of the season, we are auctioning this complete set, with 100 percent of proceeds going to support the ServiceSource Foundation. Act fast – bidding starts NOW and will close on December 18 at 10:00 am.

Each piece is in excellent condition and on display at the Blossom Daily Café, amidst our beautiful Bloom Artisan holiday gift items in Oakton, VA. Not local? Don’t worry! ServiceSource will ship the collection to the winning bidder. Please note shipping charges will be added to the final bid price.

Click here to make your bid: http://dickensvillage.givesmart.com/

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Bloom will be participating in the Holiday Market on Saturday, December 4th from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please come by and help support the artisans by purchasing their beautifully handcrafted items for Christmas gifts or for any other reason to make someone smile!