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    My Story: Calvin Okeson

    When I came to Rappahannock Goodwill Industries, I had a long and successful job history, including years with the American Red Cross, and most recently 15 years with Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse.

    I had retired from Lowe’s and thought that it would be the perfect time for me to enjoy free time and time with my family. I soon realized that I was not ready to exit the work world completely. Though I enjoyed being home, I felt I still had more to give.

    Once I began my job search, I realized that I wasn’t seeing the whole picture. There were jobs out there that I didn’t have access to because I was not looking online. There were jobs that, despite the felony in my background, I knew I could get.

    Someone told me about Goodwill® and how they help people in my situation. I decided to give them a call, and I am so glad I did. They gave me the opportunity to learn more computer skills and to be able to research jobs on my own and make me more independent in this process. They also connected me to potential employers and taught me invaluable skills of communication and networking.

    I would recommend Goodwill to anyone who is facing some barrier to finding a job. They were very helpful in helping me find my current job, and also helping me learn what I needed to do to overcome my past.

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    • Robert Patterson
      January 23rd, 2012 at 1:16 pm

      Hello, I really like your success stories on people who are able to find employment despite barriers in their job search. I’m handicapped myself and I would like to find a Goodwill in the Chicago area that provides job training and/or employment. The only information that I get is for their donation centers. Thank you very much, Robert

      • Alka
        March 21st, 2012 at 8:13 pm

        I spoke with a manager at Goodwill and he rfionmed me that they need to price some Target items at an increased price in order to make a profit. He rfionmed me that they actually purchase the items from Target rather than the items being donated. However, the Goodwill near my home usually has one or two racks in the front of the store with various Target items (all the same style but in various colors) priced at $1.00 each. I can usually find the childrens’ $1.00 items, which are located at the front of the Target stores priced between 25 cents and one dollar. I usually stock up on these items and give them to charity around the holidays.The last time that I shopped at Goodwill, they had two racks full of Target maternity items which were priced at $8.00 each which still was a good bargain since they were brand new and with tags!

    • JAka
      March 21st, 2012 at 11:58 pm

      Be VERY careful here. Target does give Goodwill ALOT of items BUT Goodwill connat sell them for less than a certain price which is often more than what they were on sale at Target for.Recently I found a Shark on clearance (75%) for $22. I even picked one up for a friend a week later. Well, they eventually made it over to Goodwill were they were marked for $44. These are known as the RED tags. Goodwill has an agreement with Target and connat sell them for less. I was told this info by a cashier and a manager. They do have red tag sales I believe once or twice a year where all red tags are 50% off the red tag price.

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