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On Giving Tuesday give back the gift of cheer with Coletta Collections

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Even in these turbulent times, there are holiday gifts that express the spirit of this special season.

Coletta Collections is a social enterprise specializing in selling jewelry, accessories, tableware– all made by people with intellectual disabilities.  Every purchase provides employment and training opportunities for people who really need them.  Click here to see the company catalog.

Hand-beaded jewelry made by artisans with intellectual disabilities at Coletta Collections.

And, if that weren’t enough, their work is extraordinary! Coletta Collections artisans, even with their significant intellectual disabilities, create beautiful, hand-made products that make the perfect gift. Along with making these unique goods, these adults are learning important job and life skills and fostering independence.

From the popular petal bowls to hand-beaded jewelry to handwoven scarves and bags, Coletta Collections has the perfect gift. Each item comes with a thank-you note from one of our artisans making it even more special.

Coletta Collections is a program of St. Coletta of Greater Washington (www.stcoletta.org), a nonsectarian nonprofit that serves people with intellectual disabilities.  St. Coletta is nationally recognized as a leading proponent of integrating this largely overlooked population into society and the job market.  Sharon Raimo, CEO of St. Coletta says, “All of our programs are designed to prove our central philosophy that, with the proper patience and support, these individuals can learn and be productive.” 

Toward that goal, participants in the Coletta Collection program can try their hand at weaving, making fused glass tableware and jewelry, beading and tie-dying.  Staff assesses aptitude and interest in each activity and then more formal vocational training can begin. 

Another benefit for the artisans is that Coletta Collections can be flexible with their needs.  Most of the artisans do not have the focus to work full-time so the majority of them work a few partial days a week.  On other days they job sample at outside businesses, explore the community or participate in recreational activities.  The job skills the participants learn working for Coletta Collections — time on task, following directions and working as a team — easily transfer to other jobs.

Selling their products mostly on-line, Coletta Collections sells to customers all over the country.  Each order is packed and shipped by people with disabilities, as well, providing another opportunity for

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