By Darla Shelden, City Sentinel Reporter –
This story first appeared online on Nov 15, 2020.
OKLAHOMA CITY – This holiday season, wreaths handcrafted by a Curbside Chronicle vendor provides meaningful employment to someone transitioning out of homelessness. All proceeds from wreath sales support the Curbside Chronicle program at the Homeless Alliance. Pre-order today at curbsideflowers.org.
Pre-ordered wreaths will be available forpick up November 24, 25, 27, 28, 30 and December 1 at the soon-to-open Curbside Chronicle’s flower shop, located at 522 N. Classen Blvd. Suite 100.
Supplies are limited. Wreaths purchases can only be guaranteed for those who pre-order online by Friday, November 20.
Everyone who purchases a wreath will get an exclusive sneak peek of the organization’s new brick-and-mortar flower shop located at N.W. 5th and Classen, opening in December.
The wreath program is sponsored by the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, Citizens Bank of Edmond, Downtown OKC Partnership, Fowler Automotive, and Verbode.
To order or for more information, contact the Curbside Chronicle at 405-881-5562 or [email protected].
College is something that many Curbside Chronicle vendors never thought was within reach. But with the support of many people and organizations in the community, 11 vendors now hold a college certificate from OSU-OKC.
The college certificate program is sponsored by the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, which provided the flower shop’s initial funding. OSU-OKC and the Inasmuch Foundation provided full scholarships and support to make this academic achievement possible.
The dream became possible also through support from community individuals.
Curbside Chronicle posted on its Facebook page. “You have stood by Curbside and our vendors for seven years. You’ve bought our magazine, made friends with the people selling it, shown us an outpouring of support for all of our crazy, big ideas, and given us the courage to keep fighting for low-barrier employment and housing. Because everyone deserves these opportunities. Everyone.”
Curbside Flowers will be a full-service flower shop providing employment to people transitioning out of homelessness in Oklahoma City. Curbside Flowers will offer flower delivery, a retail shop, and custom event floral for everything from parties and galas to weddings and showers. Sign-up to receive notifications about the shop’s opening this December at CurbsideFlowers.org.
Although this is a significant milestone for Curbside vendors and moves the organization one step closer to opening their flower shop, the organization still needs the public’s help.
“Before we can open Curbside Flowers, we need a vehicle,” a Curbside Chronicle Facebook page post stated. “Having our own delivery van will allow us to offer daily floral deliveries across the OKC metro and provide year-round employment and training for people transitioning out of homelessness.
“Several fundraisers that were meant to benefit Curbside Flowers were cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19. We’re asking for your help making up for this loss in revenue. Will you help us secure a delivery vehicle and employ people working to end their homelessness,” the post asked.
Donations can be made online towards the purchase of a delivery vehicle at this GoFundMe page.