#MissionMonday - Dora

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.


In Mexico, Dora was part of a team that flew around the world to different factories, setting up machines and teaching people how to make sensors. Dora has degrees in business administration and finance as well as in manufacturing. She met a wonderful American man, married him and moved to Florida to live the American Dream. She quickly found out that it was expensive to live that dream – especially if you want to purchase a home. 

Dora and her husband bought a house. She got a job cleaning a department store at 5 each morning before the store opened. She also got a job stocking shelves in a grocery store during the day AND a job serving tables at night in a restaurant. Her husband had two jobs.  Sadly, Dora and her husband didn’t see each other very often.

Dora had heard of Goodwill, but had never heard of a Job Connection until she drove into the parking lot at Goodwill’s Corporate Campus. She walked into the Job Connection office and made an appointment with Morgan for the next day.

When Dora arrived for her appointment, she told Morgan that she just needed something stable, something to rely on. Morgan immediately made note of Dora’s leadership qualities and her experience leading teams around the world. He asked her if she would consider working at Goodwill as a leader. Dora was excited but did not want to take on a fourth job. She stated that it would be nice to cut down to just two jobs if she could make enough money.

Dora had figured out exactly how much she needed to earn to cut one or two of her jobs. She filled out an application and Morgan called Sara in HR. Sara came over to meet with Dora and she was impressed. Sara worked her magic and immediately set up an interview for Dora with Alexa. Alexa agreed that Dora would be a good fit at Goodwill. She scheduled Dora for an interview with Donn and Angela.

The team was ready to offer Dora a position at Goodwill as an assistant manager. When Sara called with the offer, Dora actually screamed. The salary offer was enough for her to give notice at all three of her jobs. She could now work one job and still pay the bills and the mortgage. Even better, she would also get to spend more time with her husband.

Next month, Dora will celebrate one year with Goodwill. When asked how she likes her job, she states, “I am working at one of the busiest Goodwill stores in the world and I am earning a paycheck while helping others to earn a paycheck. This is living the American Dream.”