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    My Story: Martha Martin

    I was born in 1951. I was legally blind, and I was also premature. I grew up as a normal child doing everything outside. I went to grade school and high school, and then I went to Bakersfield College, where I graduated with an associate’s degree in business.

    After I graduated from college, I got married and I raised two daughters. I did telemarketing throughout the years, and I also set up appointments for people to do carpet cleaning. I worked nine years volunteering at the Center for the Blind, helping people overcome different barriers.

    Martha Martin sorts clothing donations at Goodwill Industries of South Central California.

    Martha Martin sorts clothing donations at Goodwill Industries of South Central California.

    I got in with Goodwill Industries ® of South Central California through rehabilitation. I am a retail clerk and sorter — I check the clothes to see if they are missing buttons or if there are holes in the clothes. I love working with everybody at Goodwill®, and it really keeps you in a good mood.  It helps to make you realize you can still do things.

    I like trying to help people who need training at Goodwill. I have been at this job for ten years and I really enjoy it.  I am hoping to get in another ten years.

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    • carrie-ann maw
      April 13th, 2010 at 3:12 am

      Martha I watched your video..and it touched my heart!I work for goodwill In Canada,Ontario..Erin mills store.Each and everyday is different at goodwill yet,I always lokk forward to the challenge.I hope to hear from you.Your wisdom was clear to me just try your best and keep a gentle smile each and everyday!

    • Jammie Bradford/ Kateley
      November 9th, 2011 at 9:53 pm

      I grew up with her children. !! I did a random search for them, I moved away at age 14. I rember walking into Martha’s Home and smelling all the wonderful meals she would cook for us.. Her Steaks were FANTASTIC!!! She always has had away to bring lite into a room with just a giggle or laugh!! Miss you guys. You can find me ON Facebook. I will keep looking for a way to get a hold you!

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