#MissionMonday - Holly

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.

U.S. veteran Holly visited the Goodwill Veterans Services Program office for help finding employment. She had been working as a teacher but she quit her job because it just was not a good fit. She soon realized that it would have been a better idea to leave her job when she already had a new position already lined up.


Despite her education and strong work history, Holly could not find a job. She did not want to return to teaching but she was doing some substitute work at local schools because she was way behind on all of her bills. Holly felt overwhelmed by her financial situation and by her inability to find permanent employment.


At the veterans’ services office, Janet met with Holly and told her about the many agencies available to help veterans with financial issues. Janet reached out to some of these partner agencies and found Holly assistance with rent, utilities and her phone bill. Now that these bills were covered, it was easier for Holly to focus on her job search.


While Holly knew that teaching was not a good option, she was not sure what type of job would suit her. Janet asked her many questions to determine what type of work would feel meaningful and be a good fit for her. When she asked Holly if she would consider a case management position where she would be working one-on-one with homeless people, she got Holly’s attention. This type of job sounded exactly like the kind of thing that she would enjoy. One of Goodwill’s partner agencies was looking for an outreach specialist who would help homeless people access the services they needed. Holly applied for the position – and she got it!


Holly has been at her new job for several months now. It feels good to have a job that she enjoys and it feels good to be able, once more, to pay all her bills. She is glad Goodwill was there when she needed a hand up. It’s what we do …