#MissionMonday - Emily

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 - EmilyEmily doesn’t like to discuss her bout with depression. A few years ago, she was in a bad place in her life and deliberately overdosed on pills. Luckily Emily’s roommate found her in time and saved her life.

With the help of her roommate and her faith, Emily began to overcome her struggle with depression. Part of her recovery process included looking for work again. Emily decided to apply to Goodwill since there was a store within walking distance and she had no transportation. She met with the store’s manager and explained her situation, and soon she was starting at her new job as a Goodwill cashier.

Since all Goodwill Manasota employees are assigned a life coach, Emily met with hers and eventually set some goals. Little by little, she began to check off more and more goals on her plan.

Since her employment, Emily has saved enough money and now has an independent means of transportation. Recently, she was also able to move into her own apartment. Emily’s next goal is to return to school and continue her education. She can remember when she felt like her life was hopeless. She’s glad Goodwill was there when she decided to give life another chance! It’s what we do...