#MissionMonday - Cathy

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.


#MissionMonday - CathyAfter many months of not being able to find a job, Cathy Smith was finally hired and began working at Goodwill. She was excited to learn that right after she started, she was assigned a GoodPartner Coach (a free life coach offered to all Goodwill Manasota Team Members). Cathy started working with her Coach right away to develop a budget.

Soon after, Cathy’s husband also got a job and all of the bills that had been piling up began to slowly get paid.  The Smiths were getting close to the break-even point and they could see a light at the end of tunnel.  Then, a heavy storm blew through and flooded their apartment. 

Rain also came in through a broken window in their bedroom soaking their bed and dresser. All of their bedding and all of the clothes in the dresser were soaked. Cathy and her husband did not have any money saved to buy a new bed or dresser.

Cathy spoke with her manager at Goodwill about what had happened and he called Cathy’s GoodPartner Coach. Cathy’s Coach contacted the manager at another Goodwill store nearby to request approval for the Smiths to come in and purchase a bed and two dressers at 50% off. 

The Smiths were so thankful to learn that they had gotten approval. Once all of the water was gone and the cleanup was finished, they were able to replace the furniture they had lost thanks to Cathy’s GoodPartner Coach and a few store managers.

Cathy said, “We were so thankful to receive this help. It was so good to have something positive with all the hard stuff we were dealing with. Finally, we were able to go home and get a good night’s sleep.”

Now, once again, the family is back on track and can see that light at the end of tunnel reappearing.  Cathy is glad that she works for an employer who cares about her comfort at work AND at home. It’s what we do…