When I graduated high school, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. My mother convinced me to try at least one semester of college. I struggled and failed one of my classes, but did well in my computer class.
I went to vocational rehabilitation to see if they could help me, and they referred me to Easter Seals-Goodwill’s workforce development program. My counselor, Suzie, was great. She asked what I wanted to do with my life. I said, “I wanted to find a job I liked forever, can you please help me out?”
Once I started my work assessment, with the help of both workforce development and Goodwill together, they were able to help me figure out what I wanted to do. My challenges included keeping busy all the time and staying on task. I pulled myself to stay together to stay positive and said, “Jeremy, you can do it” and continued on. I am doing better than I ever have. It was hard, but I got through it.
The people at Goodwill have taught me things I would not have learned anywhere else. This place is my home. I got some of my best friends that work in this organization both in my department and other departments. I’ve been here 12 years and I want to do more than 35 years, maybe more.
My life is better than it has ever been before. I have money to buy the things I want, music to listen to, NASCAR memorabilia, as well as money to attend car shows and concerts. I have met a lot of famous people, including Taylor Swift, Eric Church, Chubby Checker, Kansas, and my favorite, Snoop Dog, to name a few.
I love helping out others and being in the community. My job has shown me how wonderful it is to give to others. It helps me stay positive without even trying.