What we do
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Independence Center introduces Martha's Flowers to brighten the lives of its members who have a serious and persistent mental illness. The Center provides psychiatric rehabilitation, employment, housing and other vital supports to enable its members to live in the community, independently and with dignity.
Martha's Flowers was established in 2007 to help reduce the stigma members feel upon entering the hospital for psychiatric treatment. Martha's Flowers also provides beautiful floral arrangements and plants for a variety of occasions, including free bouquets and plants to members when they move into a new home, or celebrate a new job. Recognizing these major milestones are, after all, what life's all about!
Martha's Flowers was made possible with a generous gift from the Kieffer-Strickler family in memory of their mother, Martha. Ms. Kieffer was an avid gardener who persevered with mental illness most of her adult life. Dr. Kieffer, past board president, says he was particularly interested in the unprecedented concept of incorporating a flower shop into the clubhouse program as a way to provide a new kind of work and the joy of fresh flowers for our members.
Martha's Flowers is an on-site floral shop and plant store that is run by the members of Independence Center. The flower shop cares for all the flowers grown in the building and sells a variety of plants and floral arrangements to raise funds for members who may be currently spending time in the hospital. The flower shop also helps members celebrate special occasions like getting a job or a new apartment. If you are interested in having Martha's Flowers help with a special event, visit our events page and see some of our previous work. We're sure you'll be impressed!
The proceeds from the flowers purchased by members, staff and the events we do, go towards helping to offset the cost of floral supplies, plants and fresh flowers. Any profits from our sales go towards providing free plants and bouquets to members who experiencing a stay in the hospital, or to recognize members who get a new job or apartment. Your purchase of plants or flowers supports our program and advances the skills of our members. If interested in knowing more about how you can help, please call us!
Art in Bloom 2015
Judges Choice - Honorable Mention
"I love Martha's Flowers for the fresh flowers and the great customer service I get from the members."