GOODWILL Success Stories

Older Americans Month: Ardith’s SCSEP story

Established in 1963, Older Americans Month (OAM) is celebrated every May. Led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), OAM is a time to recognize older Americans' contributions, highlight aging trends and reaffirm commitments to serving the older adults in...

Older Americans Month: Teena’s SCSEP story

Established in 1963, Older Americans Month (OAM) is celebrated every May. Led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), OAM is a time to recognize older Americans' contributions, highlight aging trends and reaffirm commitments to serving the older adults in...

Older Americans Month: Donna’s SCSEP story

Established in 1963, Older Americans Month (OAM) is celebrated every May. Led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), OAM is a time to recognize older Americans' contributions, highlight aging trends and reaffirm commitments to serving the older adults in...

Goodwill is Nielen’s first job in the U.S.

Nielen immigrated to the United States from the Philippines 17 years ago. Nielen’s niece told her about a job opening at Goodwill, and she has worked at our Millpond store in Lexington ever since. “They interviewed me the same day I applied,” Nielen explained. “I had...

Goodwill helped Amy “find herself”

After a cycle of jail time and rehabilitation, Amy knew she had to leave her hometown of Paducah if she wanted to recover. She was staying at a community-based housing facility in Lexington in 2020 when she learned that Goodwill is a second-chance employer. In spite...

Goodwill has become Benita’s family

Benita was completing paid training through our Senior Community Service & Employment Program (SCSEP) at our Scottsville Road store in Bowling Green when the manager noticed her strong work ethic and offered her a permanent position as a Goodwill staff member. For...

Shirley reflects Goodwill’s mission

  Shirley, who was a single mother most of her daughter’s life, spent years working in the restaurant industry. She was shopping at Goodwill to purchase khakis for her job when she inquired about employment. The manager put her in contact with Kimberly, a career...

Goodwill helped fulfill Tracy’s life

“I have multiple felonies. I thought I would have to work in a factory for the rest of my life. I never thought I could be anything. Not only did Goodwill give me a chance to work there, but they helped me leave.” Tracy was living in a sober living home when she...

Goodwill is a “support system” for Joshua

In Joshua’s past, he ran with the wrong people and “got caught in the wrong place at the wrong time,” which led to a drug charge and a two-year sentence in a federal penitentiary in Kansas. When he was released, he was sent to a halfway house in Bowling Green, two...

Goodwill helped Joseph find his independence

In 2012, after losing his job at a local pizza joint that closed down, Joseph was introduced to Goodwill through Life Skills, an agency designed to connect people with disabilities to the resources they need. In Joseph’s case, that was employment. For the last two...

Goodwill helped Erica “start from scratch”

While other children were playing at age 11, Erica was selling drugs. “I come from a long line of convicted felons,” she explained. “I was molested at a young age, and I started doing drugs to cover up the pain. In my family, you weren’t allowed to show emotions; it...

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