Wanda had been out of the corporate world for over 14 years and needed help finding sustainable employment. “My age and gender were always in the back of my mind. I thought to myself, ‘Who is going to ever hire me?’”
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
“I moved to Charlotte from Baltimore, M.D. with my two children. I didn’t have a real plan. And let me tell you that’s scary, particularly for a parent,” said Cassandra. “After trying to make a better life for myself on my own, I realized I needed some help, and this was when I learned of Goodwill.”
Angela came to Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont at a time in her life when she didn’t know where she was going to sleep each night. Angela was transitioning out of a local homeless shelter and needed help finding a job so that she could secure permanent housing.
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.
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.
“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.”