[Ohio-talk] Update

Smith, JW smithj at ohio.edu
Wed Dec 31 14:56:27 UTC 2014

Now this is awesome news!


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Subject: [Ohio-talk] Update

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 basis.
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 advocacy endeavors.
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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