On April 2 — World Autism Awareness Day — Beloved Bath, a Maplewood-based candle and bath product company created by two mothers of autistic boys, conducted a ribbon cutting for their first physical facility.
The area will be utilized for product manufacture, but the proprietors will visit customers by appointment and offer monthly open houses for shopping.
Pam Kattouf and Pat Miller, the founders of the company, cut the ribbon with Maplewood Mayor Dean Dafis and Deputy Mayor Victor De Luca, as well as some of the company’s autistic employees.
Most of the items were made in a private basement until this month.
“This additional facility allows us to employ more individuals with autism, as well as allow schools to come to our new area and acquire practical skills,” Miller added.
When their children were toddlers, the couple met in the year 2000. They both discovered that bathing in salt or lavender relaxed their autistic boys. They eventually formed a company together.
“Beloved Bath is a bath and candle company with an aim to give meaningful employment for persons with autism,” the duo explained in a statement. “All of their products are created right here in Maplewood.”
According to Miller, “Autism sufferers are frequently neglected and underemployed. Their abilities are ideal for the duties we have at Beloved Bath, which range from producing soaps and candles to packing products. They take tremendous delight in their work and assist us in developing our best-selling product range.” ”
Pam Kattouf continued, “Autism-affected people are an untapped source of talent who contribute to our business in a variety of ways. We feel it is critical to emphasize their potential!”
Pam and Pat recently established the Beloved Bath Charitable Foundation to better support folks with autism and related difficulties.
Donations fund vocational training and services for people with autism and other developmental impairments, as well as grants and mentorships for firms that specialize in autism employment and programs for people with disabilities in the workplace and in adulthood.