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My Story: Charles

As told by Scott Snowling, case manager for Charles at Goodwill Industries® of Greater Grand Rapids.

Charles came to Goodwill® in April 2009 through the Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative program. Charles had various breaking and entering convictions. He was referred to Goodwill through his parole officer, as he was released from prison with very little personal resources.

He was pretty unsure about the program at first, but continued to show up.  He completed our month-long Better Life Initiative classes and received a certificate in May 2009.  He started a 90-day temporary work experience at our recycle center, and completed that experience in August of 2009 with a great recommendation from his supervisor.

Charles Plummer helps out in Goodwill's warehouse.

Charles helps out in Goodwill's warehouse.

Shortly thereafter, his case manager set up an interview for him for a dishwashing position. Charles performed well in the interview and was offered the job. The job was seven miles off of a bus line, so Charles took the bus to the southern most point that the Grand Rapids bus line would take him, and then he rode his bike the remaining seven miles to work.

After a few weeks, Charles was able to develop friendships, so he now gets a ride each day to work. Charles’ supervisor loves him, and he now has benefits available to him. He now is the trainer for new dishwashers, and is learning some food prep skills as well.

Charles is also a few hundred dollars away from getting his license back, and has already purchased his own vehicle. He is now taking marriage counseling classes, and will be getting married at the end of the summer.

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  • enrique cansino veloz
    August 4th, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    deseo saber , como ver los articulos que tiene su tienda en el paso texas,mi negocio es vender en un tianguis  , de eso vivimos mi esposa y yo
    les agradezco toda la informacion que me puedan dar.mi lugar de residencia es en torreon coahuila mex.
    enrique cansino veloz

  • craig austin
    August 5th, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    This was a nice story. I can related to this gentlemen situation
    In the pass as a young man I’ve done some things im not proud for and I
    also paid my dues. And now leaving my life right I still find  it hard to find a good
    job that will look pass my bad days. If you have any ideas can you help me
    find a job that will allow me to support my famly and myself.

  • Ronald Masvosva
    August 9th, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    I am in the same situation at the present moment. Made some mistakes and paid the price for them and I am now trying to move on with my life. I am constantly encountering barriers and rejections in my job search because of my background. Anyone has any ideas on how I can find any job, please help!

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