#MissionMonday - Joe

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 - JoeJoe was hired at Goodwill a few months after he quit high school. He was 18 years old with no diploma, no job experience and no transportation. He had thought long and hard about how being a high school dropout would affect him—but in the end, he knew that the environment at school was just not right for him.  He had big dreams for his future and now he was wondering if any of them would ever work out.  Fortunately, he lived a few blocks from Goodwill and could walk to work. Shortly after Joe was hired, he met with his GoodPartner Coach (a free life coach assigned to all Goodwill Team Members) and he shared with her that he really wanted to get his GED because his ultimate goal was to enlist in the Army. So, his Coach arranged a meeting with the Literacy Council to screen him for GED classes. Joe scored at a 7th grade level and his tutor knew they had a lot of work to do. They agreed on a time and day the next week to begin classes. Joe was excited and a little scared. He worked hard in class and even harder learning his new job.

Joe never missed a class and was progressing nicely when a new opportunity presented itself. He was offered a position outside of Goodwill. Joe was torn about what to do. He felt that Goodwill had already done so much for him in such a short time and he hated to leave, but the other job was something he had wanted for a long time and would provide more income. Joe again asked his Coach for assistance in making a quick decision about his future. Joe’s Coach told him that the Goodwill leadership team would support whatever decision he made—even if it meant serving as a launching pad so he could reach his goals. Joe made his decision and submitted his two-week notice. Joe left Goodwill in good standing and can re-apply if the other job does not work out.   In the meantime, Joe continues to work toward his GED through Goodwill so he can get his dream job.

Joe is glad he had the assistance he needed in dealing with the stressful times in his life. He says that the guidance and support he received at Goodwill has helped move him along to the next rung on his career ladder.  It’s what we do . . .