Our Stories

Learn how lives changed through the power of work.

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    Meet Aver

    After a neck injury left him unable to work in 2014, Aver Thompson experienced depression from being unable to engage in meaningful activities and hobbies. He missed being a part of a team and felt bad that he wasn’t able to help his parents with household expenses. Aver underwent surgery and for 6 months he participated in physical therapy three days a week to regain his stamina, balance, and strength.

    In February of 2016, Aver was referred for vocational rehabilitation services at Goodwill. Aver’s program was developed so he could learn skills required for fabrication jobs while also developing the stamina required to maintain employment. He fully participated in the development of his program and demonstrated strong initiative to secure employment. The trainers and supervisors at his community work site were impressed by Aver’s work ethic. Due to his hard work and determination he is now working full-time at G-Force Technologies as a fabricator. Aver takes pride in his job creating insulation components which are shipped to Gulfstream. His supervisors report that he is a model employee who shows great promise. His positive attitude and dedication to excellence make him a valued team member.

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    Meet Derrick

    Derrick came to GSS with great drive and initiative and a willingness to work any jobs. He started out as dishwashers at The Landings Club in Savannah, GA. The chef saw his ability and interest to learn so over 6-8 weeks he trained Derrick and moved him to prep-cooks.

    The Landings Club offered full time employment to Derik Jackson in June 2016. He proved his abilities and desire to work hard for the betterment of their Club during his time with them through Goodwill Staffing Services. Derik showed hard work and dedication in his position. He also began to train in additional areas to advance in his career development. His eagerness to learn and hard work is much appreciated and we look forward to continuing working alongside this great professional as an employee full time. We are happy and proud to welcome them to The Landings Club family.

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    Meet Sheniece

    Sheniece moved to Savannah on March 15, 2016 with her young children and lived in temporary housing. When she came to Goodwill Staffing Services two weeks later, she was willing to take any employment so that she could create a better life for her family. GSS placed her in a job as a car wash-detailer and after a few weeks of working full-time, she was able to get on her feet in a home of her own with her children. Chatham Parkway Toyota saw her initiative and drive, and knew they wanted to bring her on as a permanent employee. In July, Shenience was promoted from a car-detailer role to a managerial role being a customer service manager.

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    Meet Frank

    In 2014, Frank was referred to Goodwill for vocational rehabilitation services for assistance with a developmental disability. Goodwill’s goal was to help him develop the skills necessary to maintain competitive employment. Goodwill Workforce Development staff helped Frank secure the documentation he needed for work and assisted him develop critical employability as well as personal financial planning skills.

    Frank enrolled in the commercial custodial training program. Over a 3‐month period, he received the support of a job coach to develop technical skills and successfully navigate the work environment. Frank successfully completed vocational training at Goodwill and because he demonstrated a strong work ethic and ability. He was offered a permanent position as a custodian at the Federal Courthouse. He has now held his position for 15 months.

    Frank says that working in the courthouse makes him feel secure because there is a large security presence. He also enjoys the feeling of pride of working in a professional environment. “I feel professional and good about myself working in this environment.”