Our Success Stories

Success Stories2020-04-25T21:00:16-05:00

Andrew Gets A Second Chance

Andrew had just been released from jail and had only a grocery sack of clothes to his name. He didn’t have a safe place he could stay, and was at risk of finding himself back in an unhealthy situation. Through working with his Probation Officer, Andrew was referred to Goodwill’s Transitional Living Program. Together, they found an apartment in his price range which he would be able to afford, was given with furniture and household items from the Goodwill stores to set up his apartment for the first time, and began looking for employment with the help of Goodwill’s Supported Employment staff. “Goodwill’s program really helped me get started out. They paid my rent, my utilities, and even bought me the things I needed to get my apartment set up. Nate helped me to find a job I really like, I got set up with a budget, and I’m able to do everything I need to do.” Andrew adds “I think the best part is that when I finished the program, I got to stay in the apartment and just keep going with all the plans and support they’d helped me put in place.” Goodwill is proud to work alongside our partners in criminal justice to bring support and stability to those working to make a better life.

Sam Gets Help With His Recovery With Goodwill

Sam battled drug and alcohol addiction.  His family and neighbors called the police multiple times in one month. Sam made the decision to seek inpatient treatment.  After completing the program, Sam began working with a Goodwill Community Support Worker to help him transition back into society and help support him in his recovery journey. Instead of going back to the environment that he left and risk relapse, Sam’s community support worker was able find him a different apartment and give him the fresh start he needed.  Today, Sam has maintained sobriety for the past six months and is working on rebuilding his children’s trust.

Matt Finds Employment With The Help Of Goodwill

Matt found himself on hard times, with a mountain of bills, no gainful employment and on probation. He found his way to Employment and Career Services and completely turned his life around. Determining the right job match, Goodwill advocated for Matt to work at a job where he would experience success. He has completed all probation requirements, is successfully employed, has his own transportation, a safe place to live, healthcare and a better quality of life. He is enjoying his sense of belonging to the community and the respect he has for himself.

Tricia’s Hard Work Shows In Her Job Performance

Having lofty goals and looking for programs to support her, Tricia chose Goodwill. She aspired to build relationships in the community, develop friendships and work at a job where she could use her strengths and talents. Receiving both supported employment and day habilitation services, along with her determination and great attitude, Tricia is on target. When asked what is one thing you want people to know about you, she answered, “I am nice and helpful. I’m super friendly. I’m really good at completing tasks on time. I’m a forward thinker.” Goodwill is excited to be a part of her success. Marg, her Employment Specialist summarizes Tricia’s progress, “Tricia is hardworking, dedicated, friendly, social, loyal, well-liked and sees what needs to be done and does it.” In the future, Tricia aspires to live independently. While working towards her goal, Goodwill continues to assist with fine motor skills development, anxiety management, self-confidence building and job support. The only real disability is one’s attitude about it. Thank you for seeing ability, and not disability.

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