My Story: Cherise Turner

Goodwill helped me get out of the Welfare to Work program and become self-sufficient by helping me train and providing the tools needed to apply for and obtain a job.

Over the past several years Goodwill has taught me work ethic and gave me opportunities to grow by allowing me to attend seminars, help out in the Job Connection center and learn new skills on a regular basis. I was introduced to key people in the organization who have been mentors to me.

As I continue to grow and learn, Goodwill keeps evolving and that helps me and others who want to reach their goals. I have obtained an associate degree in business, a bachelor’s degree in communications, and a master’s degree in psychology because of Goodwill’s tuition reimbursement for employees.

Through gainful employment, I have been able to adopt a young man and give him a better life. I have been able to purchase a vehicle and buy a home. I am a single parent with three children, and it is very hard, but Goodwill has given me training and tools to discover my God-given gifts.

I am looking forward to an opportunity for growth within the organization that will allow me to continue to provide for my family. I love Goodwill and I do not want to work anywhere else. I want to help spread Goodwill’s mission of building lives, families and communities one job at a time by helping people discover and develop their God-given gifts through work and career development services. It worked for me and I want to help others do the same.

Because of the opportunities I have obtained I am a better parent, a better employee, a better provider and I have a purpose.