#MissionMonday - Mike

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 - MikeAs a Marine veteran, Mike has lived all over the world. He has a strong education background and an excellent work history in retail management and in manufacturing.

He recently moved to Florida from Michigan to take care of his aging father and needed to find a place to work. He knew that manufacturing was not going to be his best option—he had been through a lot recently and was looking for something a little less stressful. After moving in with his dad, he began searching for a job.

He had never considered working at Goodwill, but he was shopping at one of our clearance centers and noticed how happy and friendly the team was, which was pretty different from what he had experienced in the manufacturing industry. He decided that Goodwill had exactly the type of environment that he needed in his life at this point and applied for a job. A short time later, he got news that the job was his! While the pay is good, Mike isn’t making as much as he made in Michigan, but that doesn’t matter to him. He says that working in such an uplifting positive environment and getting the opportunity to care for his dad is worth the change.

Mike says that working at Goodwill “is a rewarding job and I plan on staying for a very long time.” For many people, work is about more than just the paycheck. It’s also about family and meaning and feeling valued and experiencing a positive and supportive spirit. It’s what we do…