dkkendrick at earthlink.net
Mon Dec 29 05:13:17 UTC 2014
I am so happy for you -- and for all of us because Marriott can use some
real expertise in this area.
From: Ohio-talk [mailto:ohio-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Kaiti
Shelton via Ohio-talk
Sent: Sunday, December 28, 2014 10:03 PM
To: Suzanne Turner; NFB of Ohio Announcement and Discussion List
Subject: Re: [Ohio-talk] Update
Congratulations. Having been in transition within the past few years myself,
and knowing some people who worked for Kroger as part of their transition, I
think this type of program is warranted everywhere. I hope you are
successful in spreading it around as well.
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> On Dec 28, 2014, at 9:48 PM, Suzanne Turner via Ohio-talk
<ohio-talk at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> A Belated Merry Christmas to all!
> I wanted to provide updates!
> First, I visited William on Christmas Eve. He was having a great day.
> He received the best gift since his illness. He is walking on both
> legs with the assistance of a walker: up and down the halls on a daily
> However, that is not the best news. He actually stood with no assistance.
> He released the walker and balanced accomplishing the next phase of
> his therapy. So continue to pray and send up good wishes for him.
> Secondly, I finally landed a job. It is a position that I never
> thought I would do or accept. However, after I tell you the story,
> you will see why I welcomed the opportunity.
> I interviewed for positions in my field all around Cleveland. I
> turned down some, due to them not being part-time. I refused
> interviews, because they would take me into homes or homeless
> shelters. I was turned down for two that I interviewed for, after
> requesting to work fewer hours. But, one day I became frustrated and
> applied to a Call Center. I thought to myself, surely I can do this.
> After all my first professional job was the Social Security Call
> Center. Plus, I am just looking for something to do to earn extra money.
> The Call Center called me three weeks ago for an interview. I forgot
> that I applied. After all I completed the application in September.
> For all of you who know me, Benefits are my expertise. What in the
> world could this company do for my career path? So, before going to
> any interview, I always research the company. As I was doing this, I
> received a revelation. The company is the Marriot International. To
> my surprise, they have a Foundation for persons with disabilities.
> Some of you may know this, but I did not. They also work with a
> population near and dear to my heart: the transitional youth moving them
from high-school into successful employment.
> They have several Agencies around Ohio, but none in our great State.
> Incidentally, the Foundation this year saluted and presented an award
> to Kroger Super Market in Cincinnati for its work with disabled
> transitional youth providing them with work. So to say the least, I
> was elated and proud to be interviewed by them after reading about their
> They also are involved with other community entities throughout the
> country and abroad. During my interview, the Manager of course
> inquired as to my aspirations in the company. Quickly I told him that
> my goal is to bring the program of working with transitional youth who
> are disabled to Northeast Ohio. He was impressed and welcomed my
> response. I am Blessed to have this opportunity and will capitalize
> on it. I know that I can and will accomplish this wonderful and
> exciting prospect. So, when I start this quest, I will be calling on
> some of you to make this happen for our youth who need a helping hand from
those of us who reflect them. We have walked
> the walk and now we must give back!
> I am sharing this because we do not know where we are going or who we
> may impact. One door closes and another will open, and it is up to
> you what you will do with what you are given.
> There also are a few employees who are blind at the company and you
> know I will be edifying about the NFB.
> Have a wonderful New Year and never take anything for granted. We are
> not more than the next person. I can testify to that!
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