This morning started out with rain and storm clouds looming on the horizon here at Quail Creek State Park.


But as the day went on the sun came out and Bill and I received the BEST news! News we have been waiting for, and praying for years to hear…!

Finally, after graduating college with a degree in psychology and another in general studies, and after sending out many, many, resumes, and going on many, many job interviews… our daughter, Shantel, was offered a job as a Customer Service Representative at Optum. Optum is a Health Care Solutions Company that is part of Untied Health Care. They have one of their offices in Ahwatukee Arizona, not far from where Shantel lives. Optum provides Health Care Solutions to companies and members, and the company takes pride in making navigating the Health Care system easier.

Shantel was offered the position at Optum several weeks ago, but because she is totally blind, she needs a voiceover software that reads information on the computer to her to allow her to do her job just as any sighted person would. That said, the company, Optum, had to get approval to purchase the non-budgeted voiceover software. Once all the necessary approvals were obtained, the accommodations department at Optum had to work with their Information Technology department to make sure the voiceover software is compatible with the company software, and that it meets all the HIPPA privacy requirements. Shantel just received notification today that the software has been purchased and installed and they asked her to begin her two-week paid on-the-job training on November 2nd.  She will start at $11.00 an hour with pay increases and incentives along the way, and because Optum is part of Untied HealthCare, of course she will have an insurance/benefit package as well.

Bill and I are over the moon excited for Shantel. We have every confidence that Shantel will make Optum an excellent employee. When Shantel graduated college with her degrees, she made it her full-time job to find a job. The problem she kept running into was that she never had a job before. While she was in school she applied over and over at all the usual places teens find work but she was never hired. We knew if someone would just give her that first chance to prove herself she would be off and running in the workforce earning her own way in the world.

I can’t tell you how many prayers I’ve said asking for Shantel to not only get a job…but that she would be lead to the right job for her. A job where she would be accepted and respected and given the opportunity to earn her financial independence. I have very positive feelings about this job for Shantel, and both Bill and I are feeling blessed and so very, very, thankful that Shantel is being given this opportunity!

Good Job Shantel and CONGRATULATIONS.


Papa and I love you so much and we are so very, very PROUD of you!

Stay Tuned!


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lucie Veie
    Oct 06, 2015 @ 21:01:43

    First of all Congrats to Shantel, and secondly what a blessing that we have companies that allow everyone a chance to a job. I am sure that Shantel will be an excellent employee. Thank you for sharing and please send my congrats to Shantel. Love, hugs and blessing sent your way as always.


    • beyondcinderella
      Oct 07, 2015 @ 16:23:47

      Yes Lucie we are blessed to have companies that allow everyone a chance to work. We are so very happy for Shantel. I’ve never seen anyone want to work as badly as she does. She so needed this in so many ways. XoXo


  2. Michelle Hamson
    Oct 06, 2015 @ 21:30:15

    Thank you for sharing! Shantel will be wonderful at her new job! So excited for her and so glad you are so happy!


  3. Ellen Kaufman
    Oct 06, 2015 @ 22:33:18

    So overwhelmed to hear that they were able to purchase the equipment and she will be all set to start her position to train for two weeks with pay. I was so excited when she posted the offer several weeks ago and know this making you and Bill feel so blessed and overjoyed for Shante. She deserves this brake so much. God has His plan for her and she has been very patient and determine to go out on interviews etc. and you will be back there to see her off on her first day of her new job. God bless Shantel and God is very please with you and Bill. You have been the best Grandparents to her ever.
    I am so thankful and happy for Shantel, words can’t express my feelings.
    What a happy days, time to dance and have a glass of wine and give toast to Shantel❤️👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻


    • beyondcinderella
      Oct 07, 2015 @ 16:26:33

      Oh yes, Aunt Ellen, Bill and I did dance and celebrate this blessing for Shantel. We are thankful she has been given this opportunity to earn her own way and have meaningful work to do… love and hugs to all. XoXo


  4. gotham girl
    Oct 06, 2015 @ 23:50:59

    I love that making happy continues!!! Yippee!!! Wonderful news…truly wonderful. Congrats to all! XOXOXO


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