LANETRA | ACADEMY AT GOODWILL GRADUATE
Although LaNetra has more than 10 years of customer service experience, she had limited options due to some choices she made earlier in life. To acquire skills such as Microsoft Word, email and the internet, LaNetra participated in one of the training programs through the Academy at Goodwill. During the 16-week program, LaNetra learned computer skills, team building, time management and networking skills. Today, LaNetra is a career and technical education trainer with Goodwill.
“Goodwill’s program changed my life. I am grateful for all the work and dedication Goodwill provided.” – LaNetra
BRIAN | GOODWILL INDUSTRIES INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR 2017
Brian made some decisions in his life that resulted in a felony conviction. He was unable to find employment or provide for his family. He attended a job fair at Goodwill and entered the Transitional Employment Opportunity program. Three months into the program, Brian’s production supervisor noticed his great potential and decided to offer Brian a position. Today, he continues to demonstrate his gratefulness and appreciation by modeling the Goodwill mission as the production manager at Goodwill.
“When people come to Goodwill they can change their life. They definitely helped me change mine…Goodwill gave me an opportunity.” – Brian
KENDAL | TRANSITIONAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM
At a young age, Kendal began experimenting with drugs and alcohol. After dealing with the consequences of her addiction, she decided to take charge of her life and make some tough changes. Through the Goodwill TEO program, Kendal gained work experience, job readiness skills and most importantly a network of people who supported her during her life-changing transition. Because of her diligent work ethic and great attitude, Kendal earned a full-time position as a marketing assistant in our Community Engagement Department, and has since been promoted to multi-media designer.
“Goodwill gave me an opportunity that has impacted my life and my son’s life forever.” – Kendal
JIM | WORK ACTIVITY PARTICIPANT
Jim was referred to Goodwill for training and to become job ready. Goodwill’s Work Activity program provided Jim with the means to work beyond his intellectual disability and challenge himself. He is working towards employment in the community and is a shining example of Goodwill’s programs at work.
“Goodwill helps their clients. At Goodwill, we get to go to places in the community that other programs might not get to go to. To me, Goodwill is in front and leading the way.” -Jim
CASEY | FLEET MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST
Casey helps the people we serve get to and from work each day. “I enjoy interacting with our people,” he says. “It’s most rewarding to help people find jobs and housing and seeing them gain a sense of knowing who they are and who they can become.” Casey sees firsthand how programs and services provided by Goodwill change people’s lives.
“I’ve been down some of the same roads they’ve been down. I can relate to the people we serve. I talk to them about what they can do and what they should do.” – Casey
EVERETT | TRANSITIONAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY GRADUATE
After Everett’s parents divorced, he moved in with his mother and got involved with illicit activities to help support them financially. As years passed, he became accustomed to the street way of living and found himself in trouble with the law due to his criminal behavior. Once released from prison, he was referred to Goodwill’s Transitional Employment Opportunity program and was able to turn his life around. Everett is now gainfully employed at Crain Kia and is eager to see far he will go in the future!
“Goodwill gave me the motivation to never give up and to always keep pushing, no matter how hard it gets.” – Everett