Open Door Mission

'Tis the giving season! We were so thrilled when Leslie Elkins Architecture asked if we had a special destination in mind to repurpose their company holiday party's fully decorated trees and floral centerpieces. The 9-foot tall trees were absolute Christmas perfection and sure to bring a dose of holiday cheer to the living quarters at the Open Door Mission, a local facility designed for our Houstonian neighbors in need who may be struggling with homelessness and substance abuse disorders. The facility houses 125 male residents who will now be able to enjoy the holiday knowing their community cares and wants to share the spirit of the season with them.

In addition to the Christmas trees, the repurposed floral arrangements will add an extra special touch of decor at the Mission's annual Christmas dinner. It's rare that any one non-profit facility can accept such a large delivery of trees, so we are especially excited to work with the Open Door Mission to transform their entire facility during the holiday season and create a sense of hope for the new year ahead. Open Door Mission is a faith and evidence-based recovery and rehabilitation program and facility dedicated to transforming the lives of the most severely addicted, destitute, homeless and disabled men in our community. Learn more and discover volunteer opportunities here.

Repeat Roses in the News: 33 Voices

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In this 33 Voices podcast, Jenna Abdou interviews Repeat Roses Founder & CEO Jennifer Grove to discover the new precedent the company is setting for businesses to focus on triple bottom line goals: Making an impact in the realm of social responsibility, environmental protection and economic prosperity. Along the way, Jenna and Jennifer dive into some of the experiences along the entrepreneurial journey leading up to the Repeat Roses vision.

"Repeat Roses Founder Jennifer Grove and Jenna kick off discussing her team’s remarkable work repurposing event flowers, delivering them to places like homeless shelters and hospice centers, and then returning to compost them. More importantly, we cover the new precedent the company is setting for businesses to focus on triple bottom line goals: Making an impact in the realm of social responsibility, environmental protection and economic prosperity.

Beginning in Jennifer’s college years, we walk through her most formative experiences, from the moment she knew she wasn’t going back to Villanova to deciding to move to the mountains despite a rising career in NYC, working 24-7 to start one of the early e-commerce fashion businesses, while also having a newborn, and her journey at Repeat Roses. Jennifer opens up about the personal growth that accompanied each of these experiences, how she stays present through self-assessment, and her parents’ extraordinary support in achieving her dreams."

Get the highlights and listen to the full podcast here.

New York Memory Center

When one of our newly engaged couples made a special request that some of the flowers from their Sleepy Hollow Country Club wedding could be matched to patients with Alzheimer’s disease, we turned to New York Memory Center to see love in full bloom. Every day, staff at the Center travel around Brooklyn to pick up individuals with Alzheimer's Disease. Together, they return to the center, a safe place where members can socialize and enjoy various activities including thai chi, yoga, percussion, poetry, and arts and crafts.

Staff members are committed to providing a safe and loving place for members so their loved ones do not have to worry about their family members while at the facility. While visiting their home-away-from-home, our newlywed clients' beautiful repurposed flowers added that extra touch of feeling at home designed to brighten the lives of those who rely on the New York Memory Care Center for a sense of community. Special congratulations to Kimberly and Brent for choosing to begin their new chapter together on a note of kindness with this special gesture.

The New York Memory Center's mission is to help older adults in the community with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias to maintain and/or improve their level of functioning so they can enjoy their later years. Specifically, the Center's program is designed to help older adults with Alzheimer's sustain functional independence, reduce agitation, improve disease-related behavioral symptoms, reduce or eliminate depression, limit excess disability, and reduce caregiver burnout.

For more than 35 years New York Memory Center has been a pioneer in the movement to bring evidence-based home and community solutions that positively impact both the lives of adults living with memory loss and their caregivers. To learn more and to support the organization, we invite you to visit their web site at www.nymemorycenter.org.

Belle Fleur Bride

We're fortunate enough to witness the quiet opulence that defines Belle Fleur's floral design in person many a late night following some of Manhattan's most deluxe events. One of the most breath-taking experiences was picking up the Dutch hydrangea from a magical evening at the New York Public Library (captured here by Christian Oth Studios) celebrating the marriage of Emily and James. Thousands of stunning stems framed John Jacob Astor's iconic setting for a memorable evening.

We're grateful the newlyweds wanted to help pay it forward and share the beauty of the occasion with so many New York neighbors in need. Flowers were redesigned into petite bouquets and delivered to patients and clients throughout multiple organizations, including: the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Jerome L. Greene Family Center, The Dwelling Place, Ronald McDonald House Charities® of New York and Unique Peoples Services' Haven House. Congratulations to Emily and James. Wishing you a lifetime of health and happiness together!

Design: Belle Fleur | Photography: Christian Oth Studio | Planning: Tracy Taylor Ward | Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals | Caterer: Sonnier and Castle | Lighting: L&M Sound & Light | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen | Music: Hank Lane Music | Flower Repurposing & Charitable Initiative: Repeat Roses