Charlie Sheets: "They gave me back my Life"

Charlie Sheets Success Story

Hi, My name is Charlie Sheets.

August 20th, 1992 was a day that I hardly remember, but also a day I will never forget. I was hit by a car while getting off a bus on my way home from my job as a roofer. I suffered serious head trauma and had my right leg severely broken. When the paramedics arrived, I was declared dead at the scene.

Through the grace of God, the paramedics were able to bring me back to life.

 

During my recovery, I spent 21 days in a coma. Then I spent the next four years in a wheelchair, not knowing if I would ever walk again and suffering from severe memory problems as a result of my head injuries.

But the accident gave me plenty of time to think about my future. With my injuries, I could no longer work as a roofer, and I had no other job skills or an education to fall back on.

Then I found out about Goodwill and enrolled in its work adjustment training program, which helps people with disabilities get back into the workforce through on-the-job training.

After one week in the training course, I received my first paycheck in five years. I was so excited just to get training that when I got the paycheck I was shocked. It put a big smile on my face.

But I didn't stop there. In 2004, I graduated from a computer training course and am now employed as a full-time Data Entry Associate with Goodwill of Greater Washington. I enjoyed getting up and going to work everyday. I really enjoy my job. Not many people can say that and mean it.

I am living proof that the Goodwill mission works. I hope that you will continue to support us so that we can help more people like me who just want a second chance in life. I thank God for Goodwill everyday, and for the dozens of partner corporations that take a chance on us. They gave me back my life.

Thank you Goodwill, and thank you, Donors and Partners!

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