#MissionMonday - Madeline

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 - MadelineMadeline believed she had a good job in retail. However, after working as a part- time employee decided to make a change and find some full-time work. After a while of searching on her own, she decided she could use a little help and made an appointment at the local Goodwill Job Connection.

She searched for jobs and the Career Development Facilitator (CDF) helped her with her resume. But, the job she really wanted was at her local Goodwill store. Every time she visited the Job Connection, the CDF would check the open positions at Goodwill, and finally a position opened up, just not at the location she wanted. Madeline decided she could handle the drive, after all, it was full -time at one of the big stores (where she could get lots of experience) and one day she’d transfer to the one closer to home.

After a while, the store began to feel like home and her coworkers like family and she decided to stay. She got the experience, was crossed -trained and eventually promoted to a better paying job. Through it all, her GoodPartner Coach, a free life coach offered to all Goodwill Team Members, worked with her on her goals. One of the things they talked about was the importance of a high school diploma. Madeline had a special diploma and felt she might have missed out on jobs because it wasn’t a “real” one. She had always wanted a diploma, but just never felt it was something she could do.

One day her Coach told her about something called the Ave Maria Workforce Education program that would allow her to work and go to high school at the same time. Her Coach and supervisors encouraged her to participate but Madeline was unsure. Her friends who were attending the school also urged her to go. But, she knew going to school is a commitment and once she started, she wouldn’t quit. Then one day, some people came to the store to shoot a commercial that takes place in a classroom. Although it was pretend, it was the first time Madeline imagined herself as a student going to school. Two weeks later, she was an actual student in an actual school. Within a year she was in a cap and gown, smiling as she accepted her real high school diploma.

However, that was not the only thing Madeline got from the experience. She also found she had the ability to learn and gain knowledge. If a high school diploma can help a person get a better job, then what about a certificate, or two certificates? Today, Madeline is making plans to get into the medical field. She wants to start as a phlebotomist and after that, who knows?  She has learned that there’s no telling how far she can go so long as she continues to pursue her goals!    Madeline is glad that she had people who believed in her abilities, even when she, herself, did not.  It’s what we do...

If you know anyone who is looking for a job, please contact the Job Connection near you. Click here for a list of locations.