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Secret ingredient

After countless job rejections, woman with Down Syndrome starts successful cookie company

By WITW Staff on December 15, 2016

After years of fruitless job searching, Collette Divitto, a 26-year-old woman with Down syndrome from Boston, decided to take her fate into her own hands and start her own cookie business. “We spent a lot of years with a lot of people shutting doors on her,” her mother, Rosemary Alfredo, told ABC News. “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,'” Alfredo said.

Feeling defeated by the rejections, Divitto eventually decided to turn one of her greatest passions into a business: baking cookies!  “My cookies are like ridiculously yummy cookies,” the young baker behind “Collettey’s Cookies” told ABC News, adding that “100 percent love” is her secret ingredient. It has made her a local celebrity, with more than 50,000 cookie orders, according to her website. The company, which is hoping to hire other people with disabilities is even looking to hire its first full-time employee. DiVitto wants other people to pursue their dreams: “Do not give up,” she said. “Live [your] dreams and keep on doing what you have to do.”

Read the full story at ABC News.


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