#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.

BobBob's first contact with Goodwill was through a Job Connection. He explained he had been living out of state and recently moved back to Florida. He still had some friends in the area but was currently homeless and looking for work. On a temporary basis he was sleeping in a broken down van parked on a friend's property. Bob also had an old pick-up truck which got him around but was in dire need of new tires and the transmission was starting to go.  He told the Job Connection associate about having difficulty filling out job applications online because his vision was a little blurry, especially when looking at the computer.

While at the Job Connection office, Bob learned that Goodwill was opening a new store on Cortez Road. He applied, was scheduled for an interview, got the job, and went to work!

After starting at Goodwill Bob had multiple conversations with his Good Partner Coach to help him figure out his priorities. Now that he had a steady paycheck coming in, he could begin to plan for the essentials he needed - like tires for his truck, an affordable rental, and an appointment with an optometrist. He set aside money from every paycheck and within a few months was able to get a basic set of tires installed at a reasonable price.

Even though the manual transmission on his truck was still "iffy," it worked well enough if he started off in second gear. Bob decided to put off buying a new transmission so that he could search for an affordable rental - and hopefully move out of the broken down van.  Not long after making the decision, a friend offered to let Bob move in with him with the agreement that they would split the rent and electric bill. Bob's share of the rent would be $300 per month and he jumped at the opportunity. Now he did not have to find his own place and deal with a security deposit and first and last month's rent.  Bob moved in with his friend and found that having a roof over his head gave him a newfound sense of security. After a few months he was able to get the truck's transmission serviced and was happy to have one less thing to worry about.

After moving back to Florida, whenever a health issue came up it was Bob's practice to go to the Health Department or to Turning Points. Recently however, he signed up for vision coverage during open enrollment at Goodwill. With the help of his Good Partner Coach, Bob was able to register on the Cigna website, print out a temporary ID card, locate an in-network eye care professional, and schedule an appointment to have his eyes examined.

Bob is still working on keeping up with his bills and trying to save money. He manages to put something in savings with each paycheck. Lots of things for Bob have changed since coming to Goodwill. The most important change, he says, is "having the peace of mind" that comes from the stability a full- time job. It's what we do . . .