My Story: Alain Carrera

Before Alain Carrera received job training from Goodwill, he was supporting his wife and three children by working in a warehouse where he earned a nominal hourly wage. The wages barely covered the family's modest expenses. Eventually, he and his wife decided that it was time to make a change.

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My Story: Derrick Glass

More than 20 years ago, Derrick Glass's vocational rehabilitation counselor referred him to Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont for a vocational evaluation to assess his work skills, seek services and programs that could help him become more independent, and learn the skills necessary to become a successful employee. Derrick has been diagnosed with high-functioning autism, but he thrives in his work environment by offering outstanding customer service and valuing the contributions of the individuals he encounters.

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Give Families an Economic Boost All Year

As the year comes to a close, many of us take the opportunity to spend time with friends and family and to help those around us. One way to help more people is by joining GoodwillÂź to support programs that boost economic stability for low-income individuals and families.

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Where to Find Financial Aid for School

So you’ve decided to apply to a degree or training program—congratulations on making the commitment to improving your long-term career and financial stability! One of the next steps to take after applying for the program is to seek out financial aid opportunities.

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Five Questions About Health Care Benefits Answered

If you haven’t selected an insurance plan before, you may be confused about where to start. Listed below are the answers to five common questions about choosing a health care plan.

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Managing Finances if You Have an Irregular Income

You may have faced weeks and months when it was difficult to make ends meet. With a little planning and some discipline, you can take the guesswork out of paying bills on time and saving for the future.

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My Story: Jose Luis Robledo

I found myself at my lowest point when I lost my father while still in high school. As a result, I felt the burden of needing to step up and fill my father’s shoes by taking care of my mom. Unfortunately, medical issues made this difficult for me to do. Eventually, I was told I was disabled and unable to work so I attempted to get on disability income with no success.

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Direct Deposit, a Smart and Easy Way to Protect Your Paycheck

Direct deposit—or the electronic transfer of your paycheck from your employer directly into your personal checking or savings account—is a smart idea for several reasons.

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Working an Emergency Fund into Your Budget

When planning your monthly budget, it may seem difficult just to make ends meet, let alone save for emergencies. But life is full of unexpected surprises that can leave you stranded financially.

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Setting Smart Financial Goals

When taking control of your finances, it’s helpful to set financial goals to keep you on track and build your confidence. Goals that are S.M.A.R.T.—specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely—lead to greater success.

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