Carrie Cordial …
People come into our lives for either a reason, a season or a lifetime. Kevin Dingess was put in Carrie Cordial’s path for a reason. She remembers being upset and crying only a couple days before Kevin gave her a call about a job opportunity.
Carrie had been working as a supported employment specialist for a year and in this position she helped people with varying disabilities. She met Kevin through that job when she was trying to find employers in the area that were hiring.
She was able to help one of her clients get a part in a performance put on by the Paramount Arts Center. All actors were required to purchase their own costumes for the show. She shared this great news with Kevin one day. He showed her the room on site with clothes that were free to anyone for a job interview. She met Doug who was working the front desk that day and just happened to hear them talking. Her client needed a three-piece suit. Doug happened to have one in the exact size that the young man needed and was willing to give it to him. This story gets bigger. Not only was the young man over the moon about getting a large part in the production, but his story was published on a state wide platform for the state of Kentucky on a video to be shared as an inspiration for others that have disabilities!
She will never forget when she got the call from Kevin about a job opportunity. Carrie was home with her 3-year-old daughter at the time. She was sick so had taken the day off. Kevin let her know there were two women from Texas who had just left his office and were looking for someone to be a job coach for Amazon employees at the call center. He said that she needed to submit her resume to them by the next day. He let her know that he had talked to them about her specifically and how she had stayed in good communication with him. He expressed they were also hiring customer service agents for the call center and their pay was $15/hr., so she thought the wage for the job coach had to pay more.
It was not until Kevin called her and told her about the Amazon job that she disclosed some things on a personal level. She told him her marriage was in serious trouble and she was getting ready to leave her husband. She had started to look at apartments. It was really discouraging. As a single mother of two children she made barely over the poverty line to be eligible for assisted housing.
Eventually, on September 6th, 2019, Carrie and her children fled from the only home they knew to Safe Harbor, a domestic violence shelter in Ashland. Things had been escalating in a way that she knew it would be dangerous for them to return to their home. Carrie was called for an interview. Carrie found herself now in a position, like her clients, needing help when seeking a job and the Dress for Success program in Huntington had helped with her interview outfit.
A week later, she was hired as a Vocational Employment Specialist for Professional Contracting Services International (PCSI)! The kids and Carrie lived in the domestic violence shelter right up until the week before Thanksgiving. Her prayers were answered when she found a house with a garage and a dishwasher, too!
Her salary doubled with this new job! Her children have continued their education in the private school they have always attended. She can afford to put them in extracurricular activities. She can enjoy her life and not worry about whether she’ll make enough to meet her bills. This is the first time she has ever had a job with benefits. PCSI is a non-profit organization, so she called about her student loans recently and found out because she works for a nonprofit that she’ll be eligible for student loan forgiveness.
Carrie knows Kevin may have only been doing his “job” when he spoke highly of her skills. He will always hold a special place in her heart because of what he did for Carrie. She considers her work as a “calling” and she can help, support and encourage people like herself with varying disabilities to get sound employment that positively displays their abilities. She can relate with these individuals because she was a client of OVR in Ashland. Carrie feels very blessed and believes in the saying, “If you do what you love, then you’ll never work a day in your life.”