“I have Kate. That’s all I need.”
That’s what her boss says when people ask if she’s hiring. Kate has a part time job working from home helping a local entrepreneur grow her craft business. She is the only employee and takes great pride in knowing she’s a key reason the company has been able to expand its footprint to retailers as large as Barnes and Noble.
She graduated from Brunswick High School a year and a half ago and lives in Brunswick with her parents. And she doesn’t like being called Katie.
“In her first class, the instructor called her Katie,” recalled her mom, Alicia. “She was uncomfortable saying anything. I told her all she needed to do was speak up and nicely say that she’d rather be called Kate.”
She didn’t think she could do it, so her mom suggested she send an email instead.
“I gave her the email address and left it up to her. She did it. She took the steps.”
She also learned how to speak up in class when she didn’t understand something or needed help, which was a big step for her. Kate’s family wants her to be as independent as she can be and Kate wants that too. They have a goal for her to be able to live on her own and are constantly seeking programs that are the right fit for her to gain independence.
They can tell she likes the classes because she always wants to go back and gets prepared before class.
“That says a lot. She has a real pride and sense of accomplishment. This is a big step in the right direction.”