A grocery store in Ruston, Louisiana, recently added a deaf person to its team and she has exceeded all expectations.
Tanisha “NeNe” Vernon-Vergara stepped into her role as a cake decorator at Ruston Groceries in early August, KNOE reported Wednesday, adding her dream is to open a bakery of her own in the future.
A coach had trained NeNe through a partnership with the Louisiana School for the Deaf and another grocer in high school.
According to Ruston Groceries owner Laddie Aulakh, the business had been searching for someone to decorate cakes for several months.
He set up an interview after her husband Josh Vergara, who is hard of hearing, said he should consider NeNe for the job.
The interview was done over text messages while the owner and NeNe were in the same room, and her husband helped with the process.
“She said, ‘I want to get back into the game’ because she really wanted to follow her dream. And so that’s really what she wanted to do, and I want to support her in that and encourage her every day. So, my job is to make sure that she’s happy,” Vergara said.
According to Vergara, NeNe has had difficulty finding a job. However, those days are over.
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