Our Stories

Learn how lives changed through the power of work.

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    Meet Mr. Washington

    Mr. Washington came to us in hopes of landing a job within Goodwill. Although we did not have a position that meet his request, he came in every day to apply for other jobs in the community. Over his months utilizing the Job Connection Center, Mr. Washington developed his computer skills playing fun, interactive computer games. This quickly became his first request on his visits to the Job Connection Center and allowed him to improve his keyboard skills and comfort navigating the computer screen. Shortly after coming in, we are thrilled to announce that Mr. Washington secured a custodial position with Walmart working his desired 34-36 hours a week.

    Upon talking to the Mr. Washington, he expressed his joy at re-entering the workforce. “I have gotten to be more responsible now and not at the house doing nothing all day. I like people and I like to help people. I really enjoy being around individuals who have a goal. I like to do what I can to help them. I’m thankful for what has been accomplished in my life and what Goodwill has helped me do at the age that I am.”

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    Meet Lewis

    As a conficted felon looking for a job, Lewis heard a lot of “No’s” and he became frustrated and discouraged.  His hope was renewed when he connected with Goodwill Staffing Services and found people who were committed to helping him find an opportunity.

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    Meet Akelo

    When Akelo enrolled into the GoodGuides Youth Mentorship program, it was obvious he was a leader.  His challenge was to channel those natural skills in a positive way.

    With the support of his GoodGuides mentor, Akelo developed new skills.  His academics and relationships improved.  Today, he is a student athlete with a positive future ahead of him.

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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 Erik

    When Erik contractede a spinal cord infection that left him using a wheelchair, his life changed significantly.  He knew that he had to get back to work.  When he was referred to Goodwill he found a new way to look at his life.  He learned ‘the ropes’ and became an electronic equipment tester.

    Today, he looks forward to ‘climbing the ladder’ of success without limits.  “To get a job….that’s wonderful!”

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    Meet Patrick

    Placed on the autism spectrum at age 22, Patrick was referred to Goodwill through the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency.  He was looking to find a job with a purpose — one where he could use his skills rather than focus on his challenges.

    Patrick started with what seemed like ‘baby steps’, but developed into a job with personal meaning.

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    Meet Sarah

    Sarah was referred to Goodwill by Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency for work evaluations services while in high school.  Sarah had a clear employment goal and a positive attitude.

    She developed a plan and guilt her job readiness skills.  When she secured an interview with Wendy’s, she was prepared and ready to succeed.

    Today, she enjoys the income she makes and has made her first employment dream a reality.

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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.