WESTON, Mo. – It looks like a quiet country store off the highway in Weston, but there is much more to the Farmer’s House Market.
The non-profit off Highway 273 provides a place for people with developmental disabilities to learn functional and social skills. A group of special needs Park Hill South students visited this week and helped break up seeds, package bread and run the register. Items sold in the store help fund the programs, and the idea is to give students the building blocks needed to work after high school.
“We want the public to see their abilities -- how much they can shine and be a part of our everyday lives," Kelly Cogan, program director, said. "We want Platte County businesses to know their abilities and be able to see their abilities not only within our setting, but take them into their setting and let them get jobs at a fair market wage and be a part of our lives.”
Some of the programs include the market, baking and catering programs, gardening and a summer camp.
The non-profit is also opening a second location at 10 a.m. Saturday September 27 in downtown Weston on Main Street.