#MissionMonday - Joe

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.


Joe enlisted in the Marines in 1976. He completed boot camp but received an honorable discharge immediately thereafter because of an orthopedic condition he never knew he had. He learned that his knees would not be able to withstand the physical demands of service in the Marines. Afterward, he had a few different jobs but found that he needed to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance as he didn’t qualify for VA medical benefits or disability.

Since his discharge, Joe has been living his life on a fixed income and generally living from paycheck to paycheck. When he walked into the Goodwill Veterans Services Program office, he didn’t have a job and hadn’t worked in a while. He was hoping to get assistance in finding a part-time job that would not be too physically demanding.

The veterans’ services team was ready to help. Although Joe had worked several jobs in the past, he didn’t have a resume and had no experience with a computer – these were things he knew he’d need in today’s job market. Veterans Services Program team member Jeremiah sat down next to Joe and, together, they created a resume that Joe could be proud of. Jeremiah also helped Joe apply for a copy of his DD214 since that document would also be useful in his job search. Joe also participated in mock interviews on a weekly basis so that he would be ready when the time came for a real interview.

Joe enjoyed his weekly visit to the Veterans Services Program office. He knew he was getting valuable services and he really loved the camaraderie he experienced with all of the other veterans who were there for the same purpose.

Jeremiah worked with Joe on applying only for jobs with physical demands that Joe could handle. They identified a part-time dishwashing job which did not require heavy lifting. This job would be a perfect fit. Joe submitted his new resume, got an interview and nailed it!

Joe is glad to have a job that provides him with an income and that doesn’t leave his knees aching at the end of his shift. He was also glad to find a group of fellow veterans that he could continue to visit with on a weekly basis. Joe gained not only a new job but also a great social network. He got more than he bargained for with the Goodwill Veterans Services Program. It’s what we do …