"Everyday, I help people get where they are going. I guide them safely to their destination. And that's exactly what Goodwill did for me.. they guided me through my chalenges and encouraged me to become more than I thought I could be."- Joann
Joann is a woman who Goodwill trained and mentored nine years ago. Today, she remains independent. She is proof that our programs work.
" I really had no idea what I was getting into. I'd never heard of Goodwill and wasn't sure what they could do. But the people I talked to were reassuring and I could tell right away that this organization was going to help me."- Veronica
Veronica, is a young woman who Goodwill trained and mentored over the past few years. By investing in her life, we gave her the skills and confidence needed to succeed at work. As a result, Veronica has been employed for more than two and a half years and she's making great strides toward achieving her goals.
"My English skills were average but needed improvement and it had been a long time since I'd finished high school.. I needed to brush up on my math skills, too. Through Goodwill's program I had a chance to do that and also gain the confidence that has helped me get to where I am today."- Renzo
Renzo is an inspiring young man. He came to the United States with a dream for opportunity and meaningful, productive work. Thanks to support from friends like you, Goodwill was able to help him sharpen the skills needed for success in the workplace.
"All of it was extremely motivating. Goodwill gave me a path to follow and I followed it. That's why I'm working again today. And the confidence I have now makes me hopeful for opportunities to do even more in the future."- Iesha
Iesha is a great example of how Goodwill serves our community by helping your friends and neighbors overcome barriers to employment. At the same time, Edibles Rex - Iesha's new employer - is a great example of the many businesses who trust Goodwill as a partner to help address their staffing needs.
Seven years ago, Damien was 15. By all accounts he was an average student. He didn't make the best grades but he stayed out of trouble and did the best he could. His parent divorced when he was 10. The oldest of the three siblings, Damien stepped up and filled in wherever his mom needed help. Responsibility came early but it didn't come easily.
Some people like to joke about how hard it is to go back to work after lunch. And it's true.. it can take a few minutes to regain your focus, put your brain in gear and start being fully productive after an hour break. So, if you know what that experience is like, just imagine how it must feel going back to work after three years of unemployment.
"What I find here is love and purpose. Before the Clubhouse, I was ashamed of my diagnosis. Now, I understand that mental illness is what I have but it's not who I am. The Clubhouse gives me a chance to be more than my disease." - Hervy
It's been said that attitude is everything. If there's a single human being who proves that adage true, you just might find him each weekday morning in an easily overlooked building located near Grand River and Livernois in Detroit. Like clockwork, he arrives at 8 o'clock sharp, ready to welcome the day with a warm smile and encouraging word. He's an ambassador for Goodwill.