Flourish of Cullman holds long-awaited ribbon cutting

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Flourish of Cullman celebrates the ribbon cutting with Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce (Christy Perry for The Cullman Tribune)

 CULLMAN, Ala. – After a year of COVID, Flourish of Cullman was finally able to celebrate with a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday afternoon. Members of the Flourish team were joined by the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce. Flourish was founded in 2015 and moved into their facilities on County Road 735 in 2019. The nonprofit was never able to have an official ribbon-cutting due to the pandemic until now.  

 Said Flourish Executive Director Melissa Dew, “2020 happened and when the Chamber called the other day, I thought, ‘you know, we never had an official ribbon-cutting.”  

 Flourish is a nonprofit organization that helps those with disabilities by assisting them in finding jobs, enriching their social lives and learning independent living skills. Flourish clients participate in fun group socials that have recently been able to resume. This month, the group held two socials and next month they hope to get back to once a week.  

 Dew said, “We are keeping it open air activities and we have lots of festivals coming up, so they are going to be doing those and we are really excited about that.”  

 The next big project for Flourish will be the conversion of part of their facility into the Robert Squires Independent Living Skills Apartment. Dew explained, “It will be for individuals who come and if they want to live independently, they can stay there and we can monitor them while they are there so we can see things they might need help with. We will have different scenarios of real life things to see how they react and be able to practice those things.” 

 For more information about Flourish and the services they provide, visit www.flourishofcullman.com 

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