Life has been hard for Ronald Fogle. Ronald was born without a left arm. He was raised by his father and sister after his mother passed away when he was two years old.
Growing up, he was teased often about his disability. He felt shame because he often felt like he was so different than everyone else. Inside, Ronald was more determined to overcome his disability than anyone could have ever imagined. He was determined to be an example of hard work and dedication to his children, and to live a full, independent life.
After completing Goodwill of Greater Washington's Environmental Services training course in 2005, Ronald landed a custodial job he loves at the Old Post Office Pavilion in downtown Washington. Today, over three years later, Ronald continues to work tirelessly to support himself and his children.
His work has served as an inspiration to others around him. His colleagues speak of the joy and dedication he brings to the job. And a worker from another company who repeatedly observed and benefitted from Ronald's hard work and dedication wrote to Goodwill to share this about Ronald:
I can honestly say, he [Ron] is one of the reasons I look forward to coming in each day. Ron's thoughtful disposition, winsomeness, sense of humor and constant smile never falter. If he's ever had a bad day, you'd never know it. He's a source of unwavering cheer and inspiration, always eager to offer a kind word so much so that colleagues and I often find ourselves trying to follow his example after seeing him each day.
Thank you for your generous support of Goodwill of Greater Washington. You are making a difference in the lives of so many who, just like Ron, are daily overcoming significant barriers to find hope and dignity through work!
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