#MissionMonday - Andy

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 - AndyAndy is an honorably discharged Army veteran who served from 1982 – 1986.  He first came to the Goodwill Veteran Services office because he needed assistance with some bills and was at risk of becoming homeless.

He had received help from Goodwill in the past and needed help once again.  Karrie, Goodwill’s Veterans Service Advisor, explained to him the importance of having a job to sustain himself, but Andy was reluctant to find a new job because he was on medical leave from his current position even though he was only making $10.00 an hour.

Karrie asked him to give the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) a chance and so he did.  After that, Andy maintained all appointments with Karrie and went through Goodwill’s interviewing and resume classes.

Since Andy was at risk of losing his home, he was referred to the Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JFCS) to help with that portion while Goodwill Veteran Services worked on his work related issues. 

Finally after a few weeks, Andy was cleared to work again, but Karrie did not want him to go back to his old job making minimum pay.  Andy expressed an interest in working for Goodwill and working in the transportation field. Karrie found out there was a job opening for a CDL driver and Andy went for an interview but found out that he did not have a current DOT physical.  That is where the HVRP program came into play.  Goodwill was able to pay for his new DOT physical so that he could get to work.  Andy passed all of the courses and tests set out by Goodwill and started his new job this past summer.  Andy now makes a substantial amount more than what he made with his previous employer and can now sustain himself fully.  He is very happy in his new position and loves what he does for Goodwill.  It’s what we do…


If you are a veteran, or you know a veteran in need of support, please visit our Veterans Services Department.