Young Girl with Down Syndrome is Rejected from Numerous Jobs, opens her Own Bakery
Collette Divitto has been baking in her family’s kitchen since she was 15-years-old. When she tried to take her passion to profession, she didn’t have a lot of luck…
When Collette turned 22, she started applying for jobs in Boston. She would take samples of her cookies to every interview, convinced that the potential employers would love them as much as her family and friends!
Despite her best efforts, Collette faced rejection after rejection.
While a vast majority of young people face rejection from job applications every day, Collette began to wonder whether or not she was being turned away by employers because she has Down’s syndrome.
Rather than allow the rejection to stop her from trying, Collette was determined to make her dream come true.
Collette enlisted the help of her mom and her sister to open her own shop! Collettey’s quickly received its first order for cookies – chocolate chip with cinnamon and other secret ingredients – from the Golden Goose Market in Boston.
With the original order from Golden Goose Market having her making 100 cookies a week, and then some added coverage from CBS News, Collette began getting an influx of orders from all over the country.
Collette is now 26, and has posted that Collettey’s is up to 10,000 orders to be filled.
“My biggest success so far is how big my company is growing, which means I can start hiring people with and without disabilities.”
The young baker also has words for people looking to follow their goals- “Never give up. Don’t let people make you sad or feel rejected. Stay motivated and follow your dreams.”
Here is her fb page Collettey’s!