#MissionMonday - Sue

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 - SueSue just completed her 9th year at Goodwill and her 72nd year on Planet Earth. She exemplifies all the finer qualities older workers can bring to the workforce, including experience, know-how, motivation and dependability just to name a few. Sue interacts well with her customers:  she greets them with a smile, is courteous, and truly enjoys promoting Goodwill’s world class customer service.

English is her second language and when she first moved to Sarasota her language skills were very basic. She was glad to find that not only would Goodwill hire her, but even better, Goodwill provided her with free on the clock ESOL classes. Today, her English is very much improved and she can carry on a full conversation with ease. Sue felt fortunate to be working for such a caring company.  Then, she learned that she worked for a company that went above and beyond just providing classes.

Last year, Sue was diagnosed with cancer and found out she would need major surgery and would be out of work for three weeks. Goodwill held her job for her. Later, her doctor informed her that she would need to start a series of 12 chemotherapy treatments over a 6 month time span. Twice a month, Sue would need to report for a 4 hour procedure.  Her manager happily set her schedule around her chemotherapy sessions and gave her the time off when treatments left her feeling fatigued.

Now that the surgery and chemotherapy are behind her, Sue says she feels great and enjoys coming to work at Goodwill more than ever.

Sue continues to be an inspiration for all she comes into contact with.  She is grateful that she works for a company who will support her in any area where she needs assistance.  It’s what we do...