My Story: Nancy Nance

Previously incarcerated, jobless and living in a shelter — High Point resident Nancy Nance was out of options. A mother with two kids and one grandchild, Nance was haunted by her past mistakes. “I had been unemployed for about ten months, which is the longest I had been unemployed,” Nance says. “And because of some

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My Story: Shannon

Determination is a word that is reoccurring in the description of this young woman. Referred to Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut after High School for assistance in attaining employment.

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My Story: Nyla Wills

It was never Nyla Wills’ intention to drop out of high school, but when her mother was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, she had no choice. She left school during her sophomore year to help provide for her family. On top of her work schedule, Nyla spent a lot of time caring for her siblings. Once

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My Story: Guadalupe Torres

Guadalupe was diagnosed with Down Syndrome at birth, and later Mild Intellectual Disability Disorder. After graduating high school, Guadalupe joined the Goodwill S.T.A.R.S. program to learn life skills to achieve her maximum independence.

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My Story: Randie Vines

Plenty of people have had to fight their way to independence when they have a disability that prevents them from gaining meaningful employment. But, it takes a special kind of person to have to move forward with both a disability and a barrier. This was the experience of Randie Vines. On November 6, 1981, after

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MY STORY: Dylan Snell

Dylan Snell was a high school dropout with a criminal background by age 19. With support from Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana, he earned a high school diploma and is now a project manager at an electrical supply company.

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My Story: Angel Beyersdorfer

Angel struggled with drug addiction for nearly a decade, but it intensified after she lost several close family members. She couldn’t keep a job and lost her home as well as her children. She also ended up incarcerated. When Angel was first hired as a donation attendant at Goodwill in mid-2016, she was five months sober.

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MY STORY: ROBERT FRANK

Meet Robert Frank, a donation attendant and utility worker at a Goodwill store in suburban Chicago. Robert suffered physical abuse as a child, including blows to the head that left him with a cognitive disability. With support from Goodwill, he learned to read and write. At age 65, he read a book for the first time, giving him new confidence and a more positive outlook on life.

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My Story: Thomas Murray

Thomas makes a difference in the lives of the elderly through his current job, but when he first reached out to Goodwill of Central Iowa, he was looking for a position to simply get him off the couch and be productive.

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My Story: Chelsea Rucker

In 2018, Chelsea found herself with no steady job and no place to go. She and her two young daughters had to stay in a homeless shelter for three months.

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My Story: Dale Garcia

For most of his career, Dale Garcia proudly worked in the transportation industry until a severe injury left him out of work for more than two years. And the long gap in employment made finding another job difficult.

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My Story: John Dziewa

John Dziewa was 17 years old when a diving accident changed his life forever. A quadriplegic he underwent months of rehabilitation; and after graduating from high school he was unsure what was next for him. He envisioned a future of dependence on others but his family was persistent, he could do so much more.

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