As an adolescent, Haley struggled to progress along her educational path due to her bipolar disorder, but eventually gained her high school diploma and secured a job. Unable to maintain the position, she began working with the Department of Rehabilitation Services, who connected her with Goodwill. There, as part of the “Let’s Go to Work!” program, she built her job readiness skills and was eventually hired in a cashier position. “I know without the help and support of my job coach in Goodwill I would have never been able to move into a competitive job,” she says.
Nikkinta knew she was in for a journey as she left incarceration and started to look for work — she just wasn’t sure where to start. After participating in a Goodwill job readiness program, she obtained a machine operator job and has been steadily working her way up the career ladder since. “You should never judge what you’ve done in the past. The first step is to forgive yourself — because if you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will,” she says.
Liera, a single mother of three, found herself struggling to find a job and support her family — at times staying with friends and family when her housing situation became unstable. Through the Seattle Goodwill’s Green Corps program, she is building skills that will help her advance her career and provide for her family. “If you’re a single mom that’s looking for work, don’t listen to people that tell you can’t do it. I can be your motivation,” she says.
After transitioning out of the military, Rebecca tried to get an administrative job using the same skills she honed while in service, but encountered employers who were reluctant to hire someone without a degree. She connected with Goodwill in Orange County, where she found employment and regained her sense of self-sufficiency. “Goodwill provided me not only financial stability, but also training and education. I’m learning new skills every day and I’m honestly really happy to be there,” she says.
Prior to receiving Goodwill services, Shay led a hectic life as the sole provider for her children. Now that she has a new career in the construction industry, she says her family looks up to her as a role model and mentor.
Katlyn expected to find a job right out of high school, but found employers were looking for people with more experience. After connecting with Goodwill, she gained the training and support she needed to land a job and enroll in college.
Frank from the Greater Cleveland area asks, “I have been out of work for more than six months and have had no luck finding a job. I am not even having any success in getting an interview. What do I need to do to get noticed?”
Pamela, a lifelong track-and-field athlete, joined the Army’s World Class Athlete Program after missing the Olympic team by two spots. Following her time in the military, she faced more than a year of unemployment and struggled to find a match between her military skills and civilian positions. After connecting with Goodwill, she was hired as an employment specialist and later promoted to program manager, where she now helps other veterans get back on their feet.
Mobile App Developed by AT&T Simplifies Donating and Purchasing at Goodwill ROCKVILLE, MD, aug 6, 2013 — Goodwill Industries International teamed with AT&T* to launch a free “Goodwill Locations/Locator” mobile app, currently available on iOS and Android mobile operating systems. Now, shoppers and donors need only to pull out a smartphone to find the nearest
Diagnosed with Tourette syndrome, OCD and a mild intellectual disability, Jennifer McGrath had limited job skills when she was referred to Goodwill. Her father, Donald, shares how she blossomed in the program and. “To see my daughter working at Goodwill has been like a miracle. I didn’t expect that she would be able to come so far, so fast.”