Missy has four children and came from a big city. Life in the city had become a struggle; the government housing she had was not desirable, but she could not afford anything else, even though she had a job and worked full-time.
Missy started to wonder if she was missing something and began to think that she might like to try something different. She had some distant relatives living in the Sarasota area, so she started asking them about living expenses, jobs, schools, day cares, and any other questions she could think of. Her relatives offered her a place to stay temporarily if she wanted to move down south, so she gave her notice at work, put her furniture into storage, loaded up a small truck, and moved down to Florida.
Once she got to Sarasota, Missy immediately started looking for employment. She was familiar with Goodwill since she had frequently shopped there back home, but she said she had never seen a Goodwill like this one before. She applied for a job, interviewed and got a job offer.
Missy said that one of the things she thought would be a benefit to her with her Goodwill job was the Good Partner Coach Program (a free life coach offered to all Goodwill Manasota Team Members). She thought this would be a great way to get connected to the subsidies and other support programs in Florida. However, when Missy met with her Coach she found that the Coach talked with her about other ways she could support her family, rather than dependency on government support programs. Wages were different in the South and so were the subsidies she could qualify for. Missy and her Coach did a lot of talking about budgets and what is affordable, where to live, where to shop, transportation and child care. Missy said that in the first few conversations she felt her Coach did not really understand her circumstances, because she had always seen herself as the victim of other people who had taken advantage of her. But she said, “I kept listening to my Coach and then one day one of the subsidies I was counting on receiving fell apart. “Missy went in on her day off to see her Coach and started the conversation off by saying, “As much as I hate to say it, you were right. I get it. I do not have to depend on anyone but me, because I won’t let myself down anymore. I can do it.”
Missy says this new way of thinking has been an adjustment for her over the last year. However, over that year she has gotten her own place to live, she is paying her bills, and her children are happy. She said even though some things are not as easy, she is, for the first time, finding herself becoming more and more self-sufficient. Missy said she is finally starting to enjoy independence.
Missy is doing it on her own. She says her Coach has helped her to start thinking independently instead of listening to what others tell her to do. She says she thanks Goodwill for helping her realize she CAN be independent. It’s what we do...