Behind every success story is a rocky first start or a radical change of direction. Learn how real Goodwill clients overcame difficult personal circumstances—including lack of education, language barriers, disabilities and homelessness—to launch fulfilling careers

Success Story: Nadia Patterson

When Nadia came to the Goodwill Job Connection in Gastonia, N.C. in August 2013, she was in desperate need of permanent employment. She had moved from New York as a single mother with her three children, but lacked a high school diploma or GED, which made finding a stable job challenging.

Success Story: Rohan Brown

Since Rohan started as a temporary worker two years ago, he has worked his way from an hourly position to a salaried position with health benefits and a 401K. In addition, he has developed a valuable and highly specialized skill.

Success Story: Lawrence Wingate

“I gained lifelong friends, more professional connections and a lifetime partner in Goodwill. For seven weeks, I watched my classmates strive to better themselves…I notice a great sense of confidence and pride in themselves, and for that, I am truly proud of each and every one of them.”

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