Collette Divitto is a woman who just wanted to work. The problem? No one would hire her. The 26-year-old woman may have Down syndrome, but she isn’t about to let her disability stop her from pursuing her dreams.
Whenever she went on an interview, she always brought people cookies, because she loved to bake cookies and everyone wanted her to continue sending them cookies, but they would just write to her and say, ‘It was great to meet you, but at this time we feel this isn’t a great fit,” Collette’s mother, Rosemary Alfredo, said.
She was beginning to feel defeated by the rejections and said that sometimes, she just wanted to curl up on the couch and cry…but she didn’t.
Instead, she turned her love of baking into “Collettey’s,” a cookie company that sells “amazing cookies.”
While she is well-known in her neighborhood, her online shop has sold more than 50,000 cookie orders. Her ultimate goal is to hire other full-time employees with disabilities.
I never raised her looking at her as if she had limitations. I just said, ‘We all have them. We all have things we’re good at, and we all have things we’re not good at.’ You can call them disabilities,” Alfredo said. “We all have strengths and we all have weaknesses. We don’t focus on that.”
And recently, her shop has started reaching out to hire their first full-time employee. Collette is well on her way to fulfilling her dreams!
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