Locate:

    Goodwill Industries International, Inc.
    Lavar Edwards 940

    My Story

    Lavar Edwards 280
    Join us on
    Social Media
    For immediate help finding a job, call:
    Contact Us
    Lavar Edwards 280

    My Story: Lavar Edwards

    My journey so far has been filled with many twists and turns. Starting as a young boy, I made some pretty poor choices about who I hung around and how I spent my time and ended up joining and gang and selling drugs.

    In 1995, at the age of 15, I was shot in the back and have been paralyzed from the waist down ever since, confining me to a wheelchair. Imagine being told you would never walk again and the impact that has to a 15 year old. Naturally I became very depressed and began using drugs for the next 10 years.

    At this time, stuck in a cloud of depression, I convinced myself, with a little help from my peers, I would never be able to find a job so I began selling drugs to earn money. This ended with predictable results, me getting arrested.

    During my time in jail I made the decision to turn my life around, I got sober, earned my GED and haven’t looked back since. I knew I wanted to work, but still had the idea in my head I wouldn’t be able to because of my disability.

    Through my connection with Louisiana Rehabilitation Services, I was referred to Goodwill Industries of Northern Louisiana’s (Shreveport) Supported Employment program and my world changed again. For the first time, I had people telling me I could do things, I could get a job, I could support my family. My disability stopped becoming something that defined me and within two weeks I interviewed for a job at a Goodwill Store as a processing team member and was hired.

    It’s difficult to put into words the level of impact this whole situation has had on my life. Now I have self-confidence and self-respect and a great relationship with my family. I can call myself a provider and a responsible father. I’m saving for retirement and have been able to be a role model for my family for the first time. This is invaluable.

    I’ve come a long way from that 15 year old boy who was shot in the back. There was a time when I had little respect for anyone, myself included, but now I treat everyone I meet with respect and have forged meaningful relationships with my coworkers. We’re a diverse group, but a family all the same.

    I want to thank Goodwill and Cecilia for helping me overcome myself and become the man, father and provider I am today.

    Your comment will be held for moderation until approved. For questions about Goodwill programs and services, please use our locator and contact your nearest Goodwill headquarters.

    Join us on
    Social Media
    For immediate help finding a job, call:
    Contact Us