#MissionMonday - Ralph

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 - RalphRalph started a couple of years ago as a cashier at one of our Goodwill stores. He had spent the last eight years caring for his elderly parents and was ready to get back into the workforce and meet new people. His plan was sidelined though, when only a few months after starting work he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. There were many complications with his new diagnosis and Ralph was placed in a rehabilitation facility for symptom management. His stay at the facility became quite lengthy, and as a result, he had to give up his job at Goodwill.

Once released with a clean bill of health, Ralph had no job, no home and no transportation.

With no job openings at the Goodwill store he had worked at in the past, he took a job at a new Goodwill store and quickly became one of their best employees.

Ralph was still living at the Salvation Army, and worked with his Good Partner Coach (a free life coach offered to all Goodwill employees) to create a plan to get his own place to live. Together, they worked hard to set a budget so he could save up for his own place, and find the right apartment.

Then one day, Ralph got a call from the manager of an apartment complex not far from his job to set up an appointment to see one of the newly available units. The place was beautiful, and the rent was within his budget! However, the security deposit was a little high, so Ralph met once again with his Good Partner Coach. She helped Ralph fill out an application to the Season of Sharing fund to help with the security deposit, and a short time later, he moved into his very own place!

Ralph is very excited to be starting a new chapter in his life. He greatly appreciated the help from Goodwill and his Good Partner Coach when he found himself having to start all over again. It’s what we do…