#MissionMonday - Barbara

Every Monday, we'll be posting a new story of how our mission has assisted people in the community. Be sure to check back each week for a new and inspirational story of someone who was helped by Goodwill Manasota. Changing lives through the power of work...it's what we do.


Mission Monday BarbaraLike many Team Members at Goodwill, Barbara was anxious about her disability, but also glad for the job that Goodwill was providing to her. Her Bipolar symptoms were finally manageable with medications and Barbara was able to do her job without difficulty.

One day she met with her Good Partner Coach (a free life coach provided to all Goodwill Manasota Team Members) and revealed her goal to move into a career outside of Goodwill. Together, she and her GoodPartner Coach came up with a plan to get her the skills she needed to move up the corporate ladder and to apply for the job she wanted.

Barbara ended up getting her dream job.  She was sad to leave Goodwill, but was looking forward to a new adventure. At the new job, Barbara decided that the position that she thought she wanted, was, in fact, not the right fit for her. She came back to Goodwill and found her old job waiting for her. Barbara happily returned to work and has recently received a promotion to Assistant Team Leader!

Barbara realized that now she had new goals and new opportunities for advancement right here at Goodwill! She is glad that she came back to work for the company she loved when she found out life wasn't always greener on the other side.  It's what we do at Goodwill . . .