No One Will Hire Girl With Down Syndrome, Proves Them All Wrong When Business Idea Goes Viral
Michelle Shreeve 12/28/2016
A lot of people misunderstand those who have a disease or disability. Sadly, they often pass judgement before getting to know them, thinking that people with these obstacles can't do what people without them can. On the contrary, they will always be proven wrong.
If anything, those with disabilities usually work harder to try and find their place in the world. They know what other people think of them, and they strive to beat the odds each day. For one young girl, she is doing just that.
Collette Divitto was searching for a job, but she never expected her search to be so difficult--receiving multiple rejections from various companies. The businesses she applied to would always tell the 26-year-old that she had lots of skills, but her qualifications just weren't the right fit for their company at the time.
Despite getting negative feedback, she continued applying, which resulted in further rejections. Collette felt that the reason why it kept happening, was because she had Down Syndrome. Although no one ever came out and confirmed that was the reason, she felt it was hurting her chances.
On her off time when she wasn't interviewing, Collette loved being in the kitchen, baking tasty treats and sweets. She started off trying to combine different ingredients to make what she felt was the best tasting cookie. After testing out lots of different recipes, she finally stumbled upon the tastiest cookie her loved ones had ever eaten.
Her cookies were so delicious, that her mother, Rosemary Alfredo, encouraged her to try and sell her treats to others. Sick of getting rejected by employers, Collette decided to give it a try, and went into business for herself. It all started with a cookie, a website, a Facebook page, and the name of her business, which she called Collettey's Cookies.
She loved to bake, and had a burning desire to work, so this was the perfect combination for Collette. On her Facebook page, she described a little bit about herself and why she started her company. She listed as her mission statement:
"Homemade cookies by Collettey, a young Down Syndrome woman who started her company from passion and hopes to grow it and hire people with disabilities."
What's even more amazing about this bright young woman, is her ultimate goal to land her cookies in a large market, to where she can hire other employees with disabilities to get everyone to show more support for their community. Collette understands better than most, how it feels to be disabled, and wanting so badly to feel like a part of the workforce. She doesn't want others to feel the same way she did--rejected and unwanted by potential employers.
All we can say, is Collette is already on her way there! Her cookie operation started in a kitchen, was later accepted into a local store called, The Golden Goose, and now, just in the last few months, she is averaging selling about 25,000 cookies monthly. Her tagline is, 'special cookies from a special girl.'
Her best seller is her 'Amazing Cookie' recipe. This delectable recipe is when she dips her chocolate chip cookie into cinnamon for an amazing, and delicious result. Her customers can't seem to get enough of her sweets! Although she is averaging selling 25,000 cookies a month, Collette continues to think bigger when it comes to the future of her business.
She is already doing amazing things, and she is only 26-years-old. She has plans for her future with baking, but declared them top secret, as she is keeping them under wraps until she feels the time is right. Although she started doing this for the sake of her love for baking, now she wants to help others.
What an incredible young woman doing incredible things! Not only is she pleasing people's palates, but she is on a mission to help others with disabilities as well.
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Collette reminds all of us to not let roadblocks stop us from doing what we really want to do. If someone puts a brick wall in front of you that prevents you from going after your dreams, find a way around it. Collette sure did.