In 2018, Chelsea and her two young daughters lived in a homeless shelter for three months. “It was the most difficult time I’ve ever faced,” Chelsea said, remembering how she’d reassured her daughters by telling them that they were on a camping trip. She then began working as a Goodwill office manager, where she enrolled in the Goodwill IT certificate and received a scholarship funded by Google.org.
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. Things began to improve for Dale when a counselor suggested he look into Goodwill of Olympics and Rainier Region’s Warehouse, Transportation and Logistics Program.
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.
My name is Adelis Mendoza. I am 33 years old and I have an intellectual disability. I live in a Caracas neighborhood called José Félix Rivas. I came to Goodwill Venezuela with the intention of finding a job, because it is very difficult for people like me to find a job. At Goodwill I found much more than a job!
Helen Lopez has always had a passion for helping others and it has shown in everything she does over the past 27 years. Helen began her career with Goodwill Fort Worth in 1990 as a contracted Janitor at the Federal Center. During her time at the Federal Center, Helen was promoted to supervisor and finally
Things hit an all-time low for Brad in 2014. His wife passed away, and he needed to move out of the home they once shared. After struggling with substance abuse for months, Brad sought treatment. During his treatment, he set a goal that he wanted to get a job and better his life. This is when a family member told Brad about Goodwill having programs and services for individuals seeking employment. Brad realized he would need help to reach his goal of finding a job, so he attended an information session at Goodwill.
The United States Department of Labor defines a non-traditional career for women as one in which 25% or less of those employed in the field are women. Yashika Jones has been a part of that statistic for nearly 14 years. While living in Connecticut, Jones was employed by the Sheet Metal Union. Working in this industry can often times be demanding, with long hours and unpredictable weather conditions.
Dan Newberry, Manager of Goodwill’s E-cycle Operations, joined the Army right after high school, expecting to complete a lifelong military career. That plan ended abruptly in 2012. Honorably discharged due to a medical-related disability, Dan soon found himself adrift. "I went from having a sense of responsibility, pride and direction in life, to nothing. It was incredibly difficult," he recalled.
Patriece Fountain was on move number seven when she and her family came to Hampton Roads in October 2017. As a military spouse, this was nothing new. While constant relocation was something she could manage, the effect it had on her employment was beyond her control.
Grandberry relies on his military training every day working at Goodwill. As the Regional Facilities Manager for the Hampton Roads region, he oversees 15 retail stores and six attended donation centers.