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    My Story – Keith Buckley

    Before coming to Goodwill Industries of the Greater East Bay, I was drug- and alcohol-dependent, going around in circles, and I spent a lot of time in and out of prison. I knew that I needed to change my life. There was something traumatic that happened in my life:  my mother died, and it made me want to change. It made me stop using drugs, but it kept me addicted to the streets, until I decided that the streets were no longer there for me.

    When I was on the train, I passed by a sign that said, “Goodwill:  Job Placements Available Here.”  That day that I saw that, I knew there was hope for me. When I walked in those doors, things changed. I felt self-worth. The first day I walked into Goodwill, there was a chance for me to be forgiven for what I have done. I felt like there was a chance for me to change. I felt like there were others like me.

    After five promotions, I am now currently assistant director of plant operations. I am in charge of production and the logistics attached to the delivery to all the stores in Alameda County, but I also oversee the transportation department. Now I look at some of the people coming in, and I see myself. I want to help them just like somebody wanted to help me.

    I place no limits on myself. People see great things in me, and I listen. I’m up for the challenge.

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    • Denise Greene
      May 22nd, 2013 at 8:24 pm

      That video is of my Baby Brother, whom until February 2013, I had not seen in over 20 years.

      I am overjoyed with what he has accomplished, and words cannot explain what seeing this video means to me.

      Love you Keith, and Mama and your Dad are looking down smiling because of what you have been through, and are now using that to help others.

      • Joyce mendez
        April 29th, 2014 at 3:14 pm

        That is a blessing, The Lord has a great plan for all of us, All we need is a mustard seed of faith. Amen!!! Congratulations. …

    • Mekhi
      May 24th, 2013 at 1:30 pm

      What a great and inspirational story. You should be proud!

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