Kristie Grant grew up in a good home with a single mother who instilled hard work ethics, good values, and encouraged her to always do the right thing. She married her high school sweetheart, and they launched their lives together with the hope and aspirations of all newlywed couples.
But soon Kristie found her dreams fading when poor choices lead her husband to prison. She found herself without work, without the skills necessary to land a job in a rapidly changing workforce, and fully dependent on welfare to provide for her and her three children.
Kristie recently recalled this difficult experience: "I felt like a second-class citizen. Everyone looked down on me for being on welfare. I didn't want to be treated like that, but I didn't know where I could turn for help."
After three years of struggling to find a pathway out of the welfare system, her girlfriend brought her a list of education and training programs in the area, and at the time, Goodwill was offering a free four month, professional development course that included computer skills training in Microsoft Office, including World, Excel, Access and PowerPoint. In addition, the course included training in proper business etiquette, resume writing, interviewing techniques and other essential skills needed to help her land that elusive job that she was searching for. Kristie registered with the hopes of starting a new life.
After graduation, Kristie was offered a role at Metropolitan Baptist Church teaching the same computer skills she had learned at Goodwill. She excelled, so much so that she caught the eye of a government IT contractor looking for the skills that she had. She was assigned to work at the Library of Congress, and later landed an IT position working at the Department of the Treasury, where she has since been employed for over seven years.
Kristie began taking full advantage of all the training and professional development benefits the government had to offer. She learned how to manage entire IT networks, how to fix and build computers, and even to how make IT networks more secure. During her time at the Treasury, she has gained almost 10 IT certifications.
"When I needed an opportunity, Goodwill was there for me. I needed help, I needed to work. Goodwill gave me the necessary skills to launch my career."
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 Kristie, are daily overcoming significant barriers to find hope, dignity, and success through