Clarissa Carruthers, a Healthy Families Hillsborough (HFH) graduate and former HFH Family Support Worker, took on a new endeavor.
A couple of years ago, Carruthers opened Oopsie Daisy Upscale Boutique. The boutique serves as a training hub for her nonprofit organization, Abilities of America. Oopsie Daisy provides training to employ disabled citizens by offering hands-on retail skills and business counseling for workers with disabilities that desire entrepreneurial opportunities of their own. Carruthers said Oopsie Daisy allows her to make a living, help disabled workers and stimulate the local job market.
The boutique sells new and consigned maternity, infant, and small children’s clothing, furniture, and accessories. In addition, the store has an area in the back where they can host free monthly events, including sign language classes for moms and babies.
Carruthers’ nonprofit organization, Abilities of America, provides disability advocacy and consultation. Carruthers says that there are many competitors who assist potential employees, but no one who advocates to companies on behalf of these valuable and skilled employees. Abilities of America has applied for federal stimulus money to cover program costs and Carruthers hopes to encourage employers by creating incentives.