My Story: Eureeka Jackson

If I had to describe Goodwill® in one word, it would be “opportunity.”

I was a recent graduate of Josey High School in Augusta, GA, when I was referred to Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA’s Vocational Rehabilitation Program.  With both parents absent from my life, I depended on my grandmother to help care for me and my younger sister.

Shortly before coming to Goodwill, my grandmother passed, leaving me as a provider for me and my youngest sister. I began vocational rehabilitation training at Goodwill, and rode the bus or walked to work since I had no transportation of my own. My manager says it was this dedication that impressed the staff.

After training for two months, I was offered a full-time position. I tried so hard during my training so I would be hired on at Goodwill. I knew it was my opportunity.

One of the main reasons I worked so hard was so I could provide things for me and my sister. I was able to purchase cheerleading uniforms, so she could participate on the cheerleading squad. Since I have begun working full-time at Goodwill, I have been able to rent an apartment for me and my sister and have helped her graduate from high school and begin college.

I am also attending college online and working on an associate degree as a medical assistant. Working at Goodwill has given me the confidence to do what I set my mind to do. They showed me that I could dream and are helping me to achieve my dreams.

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