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Nicole Hansen

My Story: Nicole Hansen

In 1999, I was diagnosed with ocular histoplasmosis and lost the vision in one eye. My world fell apart in 2004, when my employer of many years passed away, and I developed macular degeneration in my one good eye. My retinal doctor referred me to the Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired, and with the help of a passionate, dedicated counselor, I was then directed to Goodwill® Columbus.

Goodwill showed me respect and guidance as I began my new journey. Goodwill prepared me to re-enter the workforce by introducing me to ZoomText magnification software for my computer. Support group meetings were also very helpful for the emotional support needed when you are faced with no job and a disability.

After graduation from my computer training program, I entered Goodwill Columbus’ job development program. This phase helped with preparing my resume and setting up interviews. It also helped me by keeping my spirits up while I looked for a job.

Nicole Hansen and current employer Leigh Ann Simms at work at doshealth.

Nicole Hansen and current employer Leigh Ann Simms at work at doshealth.

I am very happy to tell you I have a job that I do enjoy, and I am using skills I developed through Goodwill Columbus. I am working for doshealth, a medical billing service, and am very fortunate that my employer Leigh Ann Simms, who is on the business advisory council for Goodwill Columbus, has given me a lot of support, patience and most of all, respect.

Goodwill has shown me that, even with a disability, you can do whatever job you set your mind to.

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  • carmen alicea
    September 22nd, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    at age 64 and single I found myself without a job and a lot of bills and looking for a job. I was force to retire at an early age of 62.  and find myself without resourse to fall on for help.  I am still looking for an opportunity to go back to work, it is hard at my age, hopefully things will work out for me and I will find an opportunity at Goodwill.
    thank you,

  • - GII Online Content Manager
    September 27th, 2010 at 1:12 pm
    Jenni B. Baker

    Hi Carmen — you can investigate opportunities in your area by using the Goodwill Locator to find your nearest headquarters and contacting them. You can also search for current Goodwill job openings in your area using Indeed.

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