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!
I have found my career after many turns, and I have worked at Goodwill Hamina in Finland for a while now. At first, I studied IT in vocational school, but after graduating, I couldn’t find a job in that field. After that, I was unemployed. I worked on some short-term contracts and continued my studies.
Before coming to Goodwill Finland I drifted around for years studying, working fixed-term employment contracts and being unemployed. I also had some health problems. The puzzle of my life was always missing some pieces. I graduated from Business School in 1994 with a major in accounting, and then I did my military service in 1995.
The Instituto de Buena Voluntad, Goodwill’s affiliate organization in Uruguay, celebrated 90 years of history on Friday, November 13. The organization located in Montevideo, Uruguay, was founded in 1925 by Methodist pastor Earl Smith. Early Buena Voluntad leader Antonio Loureiro, was sent to Boston to learn the Goodwill model directly from the source while he prepared to return home and assist the new organization. After spending a year in training in Boston, he returned to Uruguay to help lead the new program.
Goodwill Korea gave Eun Hee Lee her first job in 2010. Working at the Sasang Store in Busan, she helps prepare donated clothing, assisting customers and cleaning, among other work. She enjoys her job and gets excited when customers are able to get great deals on items. She says, "I hope more people donate to Goodwill so we have more goods to sell and our store will be full of more and more customers."
Mi nombre es Luis Miguel Soto, tengo 24 años, mi discapacidad es musculo esquelética y antes de entrar a Buena Voluntad no hacía nada en mi casa, me sentía desanimado, me sentía sin hacer nada y busque algo que hacer, llame para buena voluntad, a ver si me daban una oportunidad de entrar y entre. Cuando no hacía nada me sentía sin hacer nada y busque algo que hacer… para llegar a ser alguien útil.
Before coming to Goodwill, Luis had a hard time finding a job with his disability and felt useless. He was referred to Goodwill and, after a year and a half, was placed in stable employment where he gets to help other people. He now feels his life has a purpose.
Before joining the Goodwill Processing Center in South Korea, Jungsoo Jung faced daily anxiety working for an employer who was not sensitive to the needs of individuals with disabilities. He joined Goodwill after hearing about it through his church group, and now reports being treated well and enjoying his daily work He says he looks forward to continuing to build his job skills, and saving money to buy a house and give back to his family. He also hopes to one day be able to visit the United States.
Goodwill Industries International is partnering with the Together Foundation to expand the Goodwill Industries® mission and social enterprise model in South Korea, establishing a social welfare model that creates jobs and support for people with disabilities. The plan includes opening up 100 stores, serving 3,000 people with disabilities and creating 1,000 jobs for people with disadvantages over the next five years, specifically within the network of Goodwill affiliates in the cities of Busan, Seoul and Suwon.
At the Clinton Global Initative’s Annual Meeting, Goodwill Industries International made a commitment to expand its sustainable business model in Latin America and the Caribbean, with a specific focus on Brazil and Mexico. Goodwill® will collect and sell gently used items in six areas throughout these countries to fund job training programs and career services for people facing challenges to finding employment.