Renee

The Story:

Renee was born legally blind and graduated from the Oklahoma School for the Blind and had virtually no work experience. She was a stay-at-home wife and mother until her husband was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer. She turned to DRS and Visual Services for help finding work. Her counselor arranged a meeting with the Business Enterprise Program. She was accepted into the program and spent several months in OKC learning about sales tax permits, ServSafe test (food handling certification) and monthly reports and lots more. 

Before the BEP and DRS Renee had tried to find a job but the only openings she found were minimum wage jobs which would not have supported her family. Renee now makes a living running a very successful vending business. She has almost 50 machines in VA Call Centers and prisons and has 3 employees. 

Disability:

Legally Blind

Services:

Business Enterprise Program (BEP)