United Helpers enters flower business with purchase of Basta's in Ogdensburg
Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 9:04 am

OGDENSBURG -- United Helpers is now in the flower business, having recently purchased Basta's Flowers.

United Helpers Mosaic administrator Michelle Montroy said in a news release that the shop will be used to teach work skills to their clients, who are people who suffer from developmental disabilities and mental illness.

Joe Basta, the shop's former owner, will remain on-staff for at least a year so Mosaic personnel can learn his way of doing things. The store will keep its name, according to the release.

Toni Duprey and George Parrish, longtime Basta’s employees, are to stay onboard and Cornell's Dry Cleaning services will remain intact.

“Many of the Mosaic programs focus on developing areas like socialization, community inclusion or work experience,” Montroy said. “Touring Basta’s really opened my eyes to the possibilities of ... creating meaningful work experiences and social opportunities for the people we serve.”