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Faces of Goodwill – Success Stories

Christine Coghill

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Christine always knew she had a voice but felt that few people would listen because of her disability. After surviving a violent attack, a troubled past, and working without promotion for 20 years with one company, Christine decided to search for something better...

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Milton Ridgeway

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He had been in and out of shelters, jail and rehab many times before he finally decided that he was tired of living a lifestyle that included, “waking up with rats”.

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James Whiting

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Before coming to Goodwill, James was working day to day just going through the motions of life. At the age of 19 he felt like he was a young person, “working as an older person” with few career and academic prospects...

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Eric Battle

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Earlier this year, Eric Battle was laid off from his job at a federal government contract site. After six months of searching, Eric accepted an opportunity with Goodwill, which excited him because of the organization’s values, benefits, and focus on working...

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Mark Hunt

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In 2011, Mark Hunt entered Goodwill's Green Pathway construction program after searching for a job and a rocky employment history. When Mark graduated he was full of hope and had a dream, but it was a process to get there. After many months of unemployment...

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Saheed Yusuf

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Before Saheed came to Goodwill had had spent a full year seeking employment. During his job search, Shaheed's frustration led to a negative outlook on life. When he entered Goodwill's 10 week construction program, Shaheed learned valuable work skills and...

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Vander Cherry

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During his senior year of high school, Vander, a young person with a disability, began to notice that opportunities were quickly passing him by. While he had the right personality, he was being passed over for jobs because he did not have the educational...

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Patricia Robinson

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Construction program and encouraged her to apply. Patricia didn’t know if the training would lead to a job, but she was open and willing to learn. Soon after graduating from the program Goodwill was so impressed with Patricia that we offered her a job...

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Robert Gorham

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Before Robert came to Goodwill he was in a halfway house while searching for employment. He came across our flyer and decided to go through our 12 week Pathway out of Poverty construction program. After his training, he received an opportunity to work...

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Holly Fischer

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Holly Fischer had been working at a local daycare for over twelve years. She loved her job, but over time, the work environment began to change. She began to feel that her learning disability was becoming a barrier to career advancement...

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