My Story: Liera Williams

Before I came to Seattle Goodwill Industries, I was going to Seattle Central Community College studying social and human services. When things went rocky with that, I stopped going and was just kind of like a stay-at-home mom. I am a single mother raising three kids.

It was really difficult because I had to lean on other people to help me buy diapers for my daughter or try to get all the other monthly items that me and my kids needed. I was basically couch-hopping with my kids at the homes of friends and family members, or at hotels. It was really difficult.

I had to keep some strength in me somewhere, because if my kids saw the weakness in me, then they wouldn’t act as strong as they did about the situation. I was taking my kids to daycare and trying to find jobs, but nothing was coming around and it seemed hopeless.

I found out about Goodwill through a previous case worker sending an email about the Green Corps Program.  I looked it up on the Internet and found out the criteria you had to meet to be a part of the program. I contacted Robert Jones, the coordinator, attended orientations and interviews, and got into the program.

I feel a lot better than I than I felt before I came to the program because I have support behind me.  Goodwill really made me realize I can take on a whole lot of responsibility outside of work and still take on my responsibility well inside of work.

I think it’s important for my kids to have a parent that works because it shows them responsibility at a young age. If they can see a mom or a dad getting up every morning, getting them dressed, sending them off to school, and then see the parents get up and go to work too, I think it shows them how to hold responsibility at a young age.

If you’re a single mom that’s looking for work, don’t listen to people that tell you can’t do it. I can be your motivation because I have three kids on my own.  I’m not completely stable in my housing, but I’m still doing it. I’m still out working, and I feel accomplished.

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9 comments on “My Story: Liera Williams
    1. GoodAfternoon! I’m a single mom of two kids. Currently we stay with my mom, so it is also difficult for me to get around, but I manage. I’m looking for work and currently getting enroll in school. It’s been hard for me especial don’t have a car. This story is an inspiration for me, cause times I just want to give up. Been applying for many jobs, but no responds. I’m doing my best to keep my head up, but it sure isn’t easy, GOD SAY IT WOULDN’T BE! Thanks for sharing your story! Praying the program helps us as well as it did you. Be Bless!

  1. Keep up the good work Liera. You are definitely an inspiration to young mothers who have muliple barriers. I know you will continue to succeed and reach your goals.

  2. Liera is a very strong intelligent young lady, that has a positive attitude. She is well focus and knows her job.
    I didn’t have the opprotunity to know her until she became part of the SW team, and ever since I have been amazed with her.
    Keep your head up ! And keep up the good work.

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