#MissionMonday - Julie

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.


Julie found her job at Goodwill Manasota by applying for cash assistance with Manatee County. She was required to volunteer with a not-for profit in the community; in 2009, she began volunteering at the DeSoto Junction GGC. She knew she would need to get a job eventually because she was a single mom and needed to support her family. However, with her limited English language skills, she was worried that finding a job was going to be difficult.

As it turns out, Julie was a great worker. So when she applied for a job at Goodwill, the Team Leader Coach at DeSoto Junction was happy to offer her full- time employment. Julie was very happy to get a job at Goodwill because she had made a lot of friends there while volunteering. Now she would be bringing home a paycheck! 

When DeSoto Junction was closed, Julie was excited to make the move to the new Corporate Campus GGC. This location would enable her to participate in English as a Second Language classes.

Once again, Julie’s great work ethic caught the attention of her supervisors. She was asked to transfer again—this time to the new Logistics Center. Julie made the change. Her English skills were better now so she began working with her GoodPartner Coach in the Goodwill  Works program. By the end of the year, she had completed her classes and Julie became a certified Role Model Worker!

Things were going very well for Julie but then she received some very bad news: her ex-husband had been killed in an accident. His family wanted her and the children to travel to Puerto Rico for the services and internment. She had enough money to make the trip to Puerto Rico but not enough to pay for her return trip. She spoke with her GoodPartner Coach and her Team Leader Coach. With the help of Goodwill leadership, she was able to access emergency assistance grant funds. Now she had the money she needed to complete her journey and return with her children back to the U.S. and to her job with Goodwill.

Julie was very grateful for the assistance and for the fact that her job was waiting for her when she returned. She is glad that she has an employer that supports her in good times and in bad times. It’s what we do ...