#MissionMonday - John

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JohnFor as far back as John can remember his father gave him a half glass of wine every night at dinner. He thinks that’s why drinking came naturally to him.  Once he graduated from high school, he went to work for a liquor store. The pay wasn’t bad and liquor was always handy. By the time he was twenty-one, John was a home owner, but his drinking continued and led to other substance issues, including problems with cocaine.

John was in and out of jail. He could not make the payments on his house and eventually lost it. He found himself with no money and no place to live. He did not want to live on the streets so he went to the shelter at The Salvation Army. He entered a rehab program and was determined to stay sober. He had all the tools he needed to stay sober and was doing a good job. Finding a job, however, was a different matter altogether.  He had a history of felony offense and huge gaps in his employment history, which most employers saw as an immediate red flag.  He searched for work everywhere.

After about a year and a half with no prospects for employment, John applied and got a job working at Goodwill.  At first, he thought he would only work here for a short time and then he would start looking for another job; however, he was pleasantly surprised by how much he enjoyed working at Goodwill.  In fact, John ended up with a job he truly loves.  And it turns out it was not just a temporary job—John has been a Goodwill team member for a number of years now and was very proud when he became a Certified Role Model Worker.

After a little while of working at Goodwill, John was able to save enough money to buy a mobile home.  Now, he has a savings account and continues to save money out of every paycheck.  John is happy at his job and always trying to do his best. He is ecstatic that since he came to Goodwill he has not had a single drink of alcohol, nor has he consumed any drugs.  John intends to keep his job and says he is grateful that Goodwill gave him a second chance for a happy life.  Now, he has no plans to go anywhere else-- he says he will work at Goodwill until he retires. It’s what we do . . .