#MissionMonday - Goldie

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 - GoldieGoldie is a single mother of two. She has a strong sense of independence and continually tries to better herself. She started work at Goodwill as a pricer earlier this year. She says she really liked the idea of Goodwill’s philosophy of giving people “A HAND-UP, RATHER THAN A HAND-OUT.”

When Goldie started at Goodwill, she and her children lived with her parents.  Her grandmother would watch her two children while Goldie worked. Two things Goldie wanted more than anything else were a place of her own and to get her GED.  In the past, Goldie tried for her GED and applied for low-income housing but neither one panned out.   Her GoodPartner Coach, a free life coach assigned to all Goodwill Manasota employees, helped Goldie outline a plan which included the steps she needed to take to achieve these two goals.

Last summer, using her plan as her guide, Goldie did two things:   1) she re-applied to the Housing Authority and 2) she took the TABE Test through the Adult Education Department.  This time, because she had a steady job, the Housing Authority approved her application. At the end of September, she was out of her family’s house and in her own place. Her rent is affordable and she can manage the electric and water bill.

Since taking the TABE Test, Goldie has been regularly attending GED classes.  She will test for her GED in a few weeks. Goldie is excited because once she gets her GED she plans to pursue new opportunities at Goodwill. 

Goldie is amazed at how far she has come since starting her job at Goodwill.   With the support of her Team and her GoodPartner Coach, she is making great progress on her goals.  She thinks it was having a plan in writing and having the encouragement of her Team, that pushed her along.  It’s what we do at Goodwill!