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My Story: Vic King

My story really started when I didn’t pass the 12th grade. I didn’t think school was important. I thought I could make plenty of money working, but I ended up selling drugs on the side, and I got caught and went to prison for a little while.

When I was in prison, my kids were taken from their mother. While I was incarcerated, I took parenting classes so that when I got out, I could show that I had the initiative to try to get my kids out of foster care.

After prison, I got my kids back. I also got a job at Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana. I still have my kids, and I’m still working for Goodwill. Goodwill has helped me along the way by giving me steady employment so I don’t have to get back out there in the streets. It has been five years on October 20.

I was hired to work donations. I soon transferred to the outlet store. I was told there were a few forklift positions coming up and that I should try to apply. In the meantime, I was watching and paying attention to how they were unloading trucks and learning at the same time. I had driven a forklift in Mississippi, but it was a four-speed. I had to learn this one, so I got certified through Goodwill to drive a forklift.

I was thinking about getting my GED when I heard about some classes for employees, “Getting Ahead” and “Good Assets,” that would teach you to set goals and manage money, so I signed up. Later, I enrolled in Goodwill’s Excel Center, a high school for adults, and everybody has been real supportive of me. They’ve helped me when I was having problems with my math. Now that I’ve gotten on track, I have one more math class at the Excel Center, and then I can graduate.

My little girls motivate me. Completing my high school education will give my kids a better incentive to stay in school and get theirs while they can, while they’re younger. It will be real important for them to see I started something and finished it.

My next goal is to learn to manage money better. I’m learning how to use my community and my resources around me to better my life. Now that I’m finished with school, I’m trying to enroll in Habitat for Humanity so I can do the hours that are required to get approved for a house. Something that I’ve learned is I can’t try to do it all at once – take little steps at a time and take care of things step by step.

I want people to know that you can learn from your mistakes, and you can further your education no matter how old you get. To have a second chance is great because it makes you look at all the things around that you want to do better.

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  • Lisa Rubeling
    February 21st, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Way to go Vic King! What a great story of inspiration, persistence, and postive thinking. I really enjoyed reading your story and hope you give us an update along the way. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts with us. Reading this made my day.

  • Michael easter
    February 21st, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Great job VIC, I dont know you but I am proud of you, Im sure you children will be also, My oldest son Jon is in prison Darn drugs ruin alot of good men,, You will be in my prayers and believe our lord Jesus is with you all the way, God Bless you and your family, my so jon gets out in 19 months, I cant wait to get him home.. Have a blessed day Vic Together in Christ your friend Mike

  • Heather Bennett
    February 21st, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Excellent testimony and story. Thank you for sharing!

  • D Wilder
    March 23rd, 2012 at 9:43 am

    God bless you brother! I wish you well in all your endeavors. I am truly blessed by your testimony.

  • Taylor
    May 16th, 2012 at 10:55 am

    god is good as long as you have faith, what an inspiring story, keep up the good work!

  • Leslie Barker
    May 18th, 2012 at 4:58 am

    Your story is really great, I am trying to help my oldest son get on his feet. He is really insecure about himself because he has a criminal record and limited education, which makes him feel as if he cannot do anything or have a better life. He has two little boys who adore him and I try to tell him that he has to do better for himself and them if he wants to see them grow up to be strong young me without feeling as if they cannot do any better for themselves. I will help him look into Goodwill as a way to get a better job and life. Thank you so much for your story.

  • Jeremy
    June 27th, 2012 at 3:16 am

    All lies to give people lie myself false hope! Nobody in this corrupt state really care about people with a criminal history! I’ve been out of work for over 2 years now and I’ve been and done everything positble to gain employment, including Goodwill. And I’m still unemployed. You people really need to stop lying and tell people the truth and that is that with a criminal history it’s best that you leave the state. You will only become a pay check for those whom run the state. IT’S ALL A LIE!!!!!!

    • Mary
      August 17th, 2012 at 6:40 pm

      Jeremy, leaving the state will not help matters. Your past will always be there. You can get pass all of this and start new. Have a little talk with JESUS.

  • Adrienne Thomas
    July 4th, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Vic, I was helping my fiancee look ahead to start getting his life back on track when he comes out of prison next month. I heard about Goodwill services and decided to check it out. To my surprise, to see my own cousin with a true success story made my heart so proud. You worked hard and believed in yourself, when most everyone else let you down. All you needed was an opportunity, now you have become a better father and provider for the girls. Keep up the good work.

  • charlesmcrae
    July 5th, 2012 at 9:55 am

    GOD BLESS YOU MR. VIC. and HE seemed to have done that exact thing for you. HE is good all the time. HE blesses me constantly.. and im not speaking money wise. that is not that important to me as my son. MY SON IS MY GREATEST BLESSING from GOD next to my MOTHER and GRANDMOTHER. thyre my motivation also. i wish you nothing but the best MR. VIC. MAY GOD continue to bless you your kids from this day forth.

  • LeslieHenton
    February 12th, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Praise God Mr. Vic,what a beautiful testimony and an inspiration.May God continue to open doors for you that man can close,may every need continue to be provided for you and your babies.God bless you guys!!!

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