#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.

#MissionMonday - JulieThree years ago Julie was on her way to work, walking in a crosswalk, when a car going the wrong way hit her. She ended up with staples in her knees and two vertebrae in her back damaged.  She had two major surgeries and a steel plate with screws placed in her arm.

When she was finally able to go back to work, she found a part-time job in downtown Sarasota. After two years she found out her hours were being cut and as a result, she would no longer be able to afford her apartment. Suddenly she was homeless and found herself sleeping on the floor of the Salvation Army.

Julie knew she needed a new job that paid her enough to live on but found it difficult because of her injuries. But one day while taking a walk, she noticed the Job Connection sign at Goodwill’s Bargain Barn. She made an appointment with the Career Development Facilitator (CDF) and related her story. The CDF explained that with her recent work experience, her motivation to succeed and her great personality that she should work at Goodwill. Julie says that her CDF was so kind to her that day and she immediately gave her hope. During her interview with Goodwill, the manager asked her what she liked best about Goodwill and why did she want to work there?  She told him that she had always admired Goodwill because they worked with disadvantaged persons and helped them get on their feet to move forward.

Next thing that she knew, Julie was hired and went to orientation.  She says that it was such a good day and she was so impressed with all of the trainers. Julie hadn't worked full time for ten years and is grateful for all of Goodwill's benefits. She now has a job where she has a feeling of pride and accomplishment.

Julie is glad that she found an employer who was willing to take a chance with her when no one else would.  It’s what we do...