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.
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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