Hi my name is Nadine and this is my story Chapter 2. Three years ago I was overwhelmed and excited with my first set of keys.
On August 31, 2015 at 9:30 am I received my second pair of keys to a new townhouse that I now own and bought myself!
The keys make me happy. If you don’t have keys, you’re homeless. I can open my own door, take a bath, and brush my teeth. I have a job and love the people I work with everyday.
Goodwill has changed my whole life.
I want to thank God upstairs. The keys represent my life, joy, hope. and gratitude.
I love my second pair better.
Before coming to Goodwill I never paid bills before. I never had a car, a home, heat or water. But unlike most people I love paying them because it means I have electricity and a roof over my head. My utilities and mortgage are already paid for December.
Money can’t buy the peace that I have because of this home. I had been out in the streets hustling for a long, long, long time and I don’t want to go back.
I still come to work an hour early on the train. My son is now grown up and going to Northern Virginia Community College. Next I plan to sign-up for classes to learn how to read and get my GED or high school diploma.
I just want to be a Goodwill employee. I love cleaning and I’m sticking to it. The life I have now is full of peace. I go to work, go home, and play candy crush. This month, in November, I’m celebrating 7 years at Goodwill. What more could I ask for?
As you give thanks this week with family and friends, we at Goodwill of Greater Washington are giving thanks for YOU.