Beloved Bath Charitable Foundation is committed to improving the lives of adults with autism and related disabilities. BBCF’s core emphasis is on the development of employment and social skills that, together, empower individuals with autism to lead the most fulfilling and independent lives possible.
Pam Kattouf and Pat Miller started the Beloved Bath Charitable Foundation to fill a tremendous need within the autism community. The women co-founded Beloved Bath, a candle and bath product company whose mission is meaningful employment for people with autism.
Beloved Bath was started so their sons, who were teens at the time, would have enjoyable and meaningful jobs after finishing their schooling. After five years of employing people with autism and working with schools to provide vocational opportunities, their company was having a small but significant impact. Local and national media attention brought many parents, educators, and employers looking for pathways to improving the lives of people with autism.
The women saw a great need but not a lot of resources. Drawing upon their experience and their backgrounds in education and healthcare, they decided to step up and meet the needs of a growing yet still underserved population.
Through Beloved Bath Charitable Foundation, your donations can make a huge impact to create more job opportunities and job readiness skills for individuals with autism.
Pam has worked in autism education for over 15 years. She has developed individualized curricula for school-based, home-based, and community instruction. In addition to working directly with individuals who have autism, she has supervised and trained others to work with people across the autism spectrum. Pam has coordinated programming and developed instructional plans designed to help people with autism learn skills that foster greater independence and meaningful, satisfying community participation. Pam developed the curriculum for, and taught, an undergraduate special education course on autism at Seton Hall University. She has been part of grant-funded autism research and worked on a team awarded a New Jersey Governor’s Council on Autism Grant. Pam was part of a small group that started a school for children with autism. She is on the advisory board of the Autism Center at Lehigh University. Prior to working in the autism field, Pam was in general education, and she recruited for the financial services industry. Pam holds a BA in Government from Lehigh University, a master’s degree in Education from Hunter College, and completed her post-master’s course work in Applied Behavior Analysis at Caldwell University
Pat worked as the Director of the Cancer Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center located in Livingston, NJ and has over 25 years of healthcare administration experience. In 2016, she received the Healthcare Advocate of the Year award from Hudson Milestones, as well as a citation from Hudson County, for her creation and implementation of the Special Needs Ambassador Program at Barnabas Health. This program was created to raise awareness and to assist individuals with special needs and their families navigate throughout the hospital to remove barriers and promote a better patient experience. Pat has a Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from NYU as well as a Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from Caldwell University. Pat has worked for early intervention and developed, coordinated, and implemented individualized instruction and programming in families’ homes to enhance independence and increase learning. In 2006, alongside Pam, she was part of a small group of parents who started a school for children with autism ages 3-21 and is currently serving on the Board of Directors.
Frank has worked in media and communications, in various roles, for more than four decades. He started as a radio newsman before moving into engineering and production. In 1989, Frank started his own audio and video production company out of Fairfield, NJ, representing a number of businesses and organizations, including state agencies such as The New Jersey Blueberry and Poultry councils. Other clients included the Seeing Eye, several county boards of elections, and New Jersey Transit. In 1998, Frank took on a new project with Seton Hall University as Chief Engineer for Media, a position he still holds. For over 20 years, Frank volunteered as Executive Director of EIES of New Jersey, a non-profit dedicated to providing direct and convenient access to the printed word for those with visual impairments. He produces the monthly podcast, Making Scents Out of Autism, which focuses on issues facing families dealing with autism. Frank is a proud longtime resident of Maplewood, NJ, where he is active in the community. Frank is a graduate of Seton Hall University, having earned a BA in Communication.
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