#MissionMonday - Bob

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.


Bob has always had a job. He joined the National Guard at the age of 17 and traveled the world. Once he completed that tour of duty, he re-enlisted and joined the Army. Bob served in Vietnam for four years. When he was back stateside, he retired from the military and worked for a bank as an armored courier. He reinvented himself many times after that, working all over the United States in many different business sectors, including manufacturing, food processing, transportation, and the airline industry. 

Eventually, Bob’s travels brought him to Manatee County. Bob was well past retirement age but he still wanted to work. He enjoyed being productive, he still had a lot of energy and, after all, he still had bills to pay. Now, for the first time in his life, he was having trouble finding a job. Bob recognized that he was a good deal older than the average job seeker was—and now he was worried that his age was going to keep him out of the workplace.

After weeks and weeks of applying for jobs, Bob was at his wits’ end. Then a friend from his last job told him about Goodwill. His friend said that Goodwill hired people with all kinds of barriers. Bob applied and, four days later, he was working at Goodwill as a part-time sales floor team member.

The leadership team at the Goodwill store where Bob worked did not see his age as an issue. They noticed that he was never late and never absent. He worked hard and his high-energy approach to his job was evident. Bob moved to a full-time job in the store. He also began working with his GoodPartner Coach on a program that Bob was very interested in: the Goodwill Works program. Bob wanted to become a Certified Role Model Worker. His Coach, Shirley, told him she was sure he was already a Role Model Worker but she could help him get the official certification and the coveted gold badge.

Bob took some assessments and needed just a handful of classes. He has one class to go: digital literacy. Bob is looking forward to that class so that he can add to the long list of skills he already has. Bob loves his new job and says, “I’m glad I’m part of the Goodwill family.”

Bob is grateful he found an employer who recognizes the value in people from all walks of life—especially those who have been around the block a time or two.