You've come to know Mellow Monkey as the store that is anything but the ordinary. To retain our credibility, we are always seeking out new products to offer you - our valued customers.
I came across Yes We Can Gifts early in the summer and I was immediately intrigued not only by their products, but even more so by their mission.
Yes We Can is one of several programs of the Fairfield, CT based Pilot House - a community center that does an admirable job of pulling together social programs, life skills, therapeutic services and support to serve the diverse needs of children, young adults and adults with special needs. Their mission is to promote the continuing growth and progress of the people they serve.
Yes We Can provides adults with special needs the tools, training, and work experience to run a successful business. Students design and craft unique and remarkable products that we simply find irresistible. In particular, the unique fragrances of their all natural soy based candles, soaps and bath bombs are a feast for the senses. We also love their handmade home decor - each piece crafted with precision and love.
Through their work experience at Yes We Can, young adults learn marketing, sales, production, and product design. The program allows the students an outlet where they are able to express themselves creatively, artistically, and professionally while giving them valuable skills towards a successful career.
In addition to the Yes We Can Program, The Pilot House also has a community farm that provides a community inter-graded, hands on work environment where participants learn aspects of planting, selling their vegetables, working with animals, landscaping, painting and general farm maintenance.
We are very proud and honored to offer Yes We Can handmade products at Mellow Monkey - not just because of the back story of how they come to be - but also because we love the products they craft - and we believe you will too.
To see the complete selection available in store and on our website:
For more information on The Pilot House and their programs, visit The Pilot House website.
Special thanks to Doreen Caruso of Pilot House for introducing us to this wonderful program and allowing us to be a small part of such a worthy operation.