#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 was on probation, he had no transportation, and his finances were a mess. His job search has been difficult and he knew that his criminal background was the reason. He was delighted when he got a job at Goodwill. He knew that he was finally going to have a second chance to accomplish the goals he had been thinking about ever since he was released from prison. 

Joe’s new job was full time and it came with a competitive wage, a supportive manager, and a GoodPartner Coach to help him set and achieve work and life goals. He liked the fact that he was learning new customer service skills and how to deal with the public. He also liked that fact that his GoodPartner Coach met with him early on to formalize his goals in a written plan. His number one goal was to buy a truck. At the moment, he was riding his bike to work and he was ready for an upgrade. 

Joe’s second goal was to figure out his finances. He had hefty child support payments that he believed had been miscalculated. He got assistance from his GoodPartner Coach in completing the paperwork required to request a re-calculation. Joe didn’t have a computer to submit the paperwork but his Coach showed him a work computer that he could use for that purpose and helped him send off the request. 

Joe also had student loans and no bank account. He was living in a small apartment with family and he wanted his own place. Joe’s Coach helped him set up a budget so he could begin working on saving money and also helped Joe get his own checking and savings accounts. 

His last goal was to go back to school and to do something in the construction industry – perhaps welding. He had worked with a concrete mason prior to his arrest and he knew that he loved that kind of work. His Coach enrolled him in the GoodwillWorks program so that he could strengthen his employability skills so that, when the time came to look for a new job, he would be ready. 

Before long, things began coming together for Joe. His child support was recalculated and he had a major reduction in his monthly payments. He saved enough money to buy a used truck. He became a Certified Role Model Worker, which meant he had enhanced his employability skills. He was beginning to accumulate enough money in his savings account to think about renting his own apartment.

All of these small successes helped Joe gain the confidence to get ready for his next step. Sure enough, Joe received an amazing job offer pouring concrete for a contractor that handled large road construction projects. This job offer would represent a significant bump in pay for Joe, along with professional training opportunities. He spoke with his Team Leader Coach and his GoodPartner Coach. He thanked them for everything they had done to help him get his life back on track. He gave his two-week notice and then Joe moved on to the next chapter in his life.

Joe is grateful that Goodwill was there to serve as the launching pad he desperately needed when it seemed that no one else would give him a chance. It’s what we do …