#MissionMonday - Pete

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.


When Pete came into the Goodwill Job Connection office, he told Carlos – Goodwill’s Career Development Facilitator – that he needed a job. He knew that it would be challenging to find employment because he was also homeless and did not have a car. Pete didn’t have much hope of success but he wanted to at least try.

Carlos enrolled Pete in the Job Connection program. Then the two of them sat down to work on a resume. Once that was completed, Carlos taught Pete how to conduct an online job search. They also took some time to work on interviewing skills. They agreed to meet twice per week until Pete found a job and a place to live.   

Before long, Carlos found a job opening that he thought Pete would like, at a local hardware store. He called Pete, who agreed that this job would be a great fit. Together they worked on the online application. While they waited to hear back from the store, Pete and Carlos continued to meet to practice interviewing skills and to look for appropriate job leads.  A few weeks later, Pete got the call he was waiting for: he had an interview at the hardware store. 

Pete was offered and accepted a job with the store. Now he and Carlos needed to direct their attention to finding affordable housing so Pete could move out of the Salvation Army. Carlos had a suggestion that they take a look at “One Stop Housing,” an old hotel that had been converted into affordable housing units for rent. Together, Carlos and Pete paid a visit to the complex and Pete LOVED it! So they took a rental application back to the office and began working on it. Once the application was completed and submitted, Carlos and Pete continued to meet weekly to search for other options for housing.

After a few weeks, Pete got a call. The condo he had applied to now had a unit available. He would just need to pay a deposit and the first month's rent.  Pete was anxious. He had been saving as much of his paycheck as he could since he started the job at the hardware store and he could pay the deposit, but he could not yet pay the first month’s rent. Carlos helped Pete apply for Season of Sharing funds. They filled out the application and submitted a budget showing that Pete could handle monthly payments moving forward. The application was approved and Pete got ready to move.

Today, Pete has a job and lives in his new condo. Carlos and Pete continue to meet weekly to work on the last part of Pete’s plan: getting a car. They know that this last piece might take a while since Pete’s budget doesn’t leave him much room for additional savings.  Pete is not worried. He knows that, just like the job and the condo, it is just a matter of time before he can take this next step. He is glad that Carlos was there when he was ready to replace his hopelessness with some optimism for the future. It’s what we do ...