Richard Jefferson, Making the Most of a Second Chance

Richard's Goodwill Success Story

At the age of 20, Richard Jefferson was sentenced to prison for a serious crime.  Up to that point, his life had been filled with hardship and difficulty.  He felt unloved and unwanted, and he took it out on everyone else around him.  Things got so bad that, at the age of 14, his mother kicked him out of his house.  She told him never to come back again.

Being incarcerated at such a young age, Richard didn't know what he was going to do with his life.  But he knew that, whatever it was, his future was going to be different than his past.  He wanted to start fresh, and through hard work, believed that he could, he just needed someone else to believe in him and give him a second chance.

Richard managed to get an education in prison, and after serving his time, began searching for a way to reintegrate back into society.  Thankfully, Richard had a cousin who worked for Goodwill.  He told Richard that Goodwill specialized in second chances.  He said they were always ready and willing to help someone who was ready to help themselves.

Goodwill offered Richard a job.  Actually, it was more than that, Goodwill offered him an opportunity to turn his life around.

"No one at Goodwill looked at me differently because of the mistakes of my past," Richard said.  "I felt accepted and supported, and was given the chance to renew my life."

Richard has made the most of his second chance.  Today he is now the General Manager of one of Goodwill's most successful retail stores, and has even become a source of help and encouragement to his colleagues and employees.

"You want to know why Goodwill has all of these stores? It's to help people like me.  I am the Goodwill story.  It's about second chances."

Thank you for your generous support of Goodwill of Greater Washington.  You are making a difference in the lives of so many in our community who simply need someone to believe in them and give them a second chance.

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