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Roger started working at Goodwill when he was 21. He worked hard, became a valued employee, and was cross-training for other positions when he had to leave his position. His mother had gone on a trip out of state and was unable to return home to his younger sister and brother at the designated time. Roger was concerned that the children would not have someone at home to watch over them and made the decision to leave work to care for his siblings in his mom’s absence.

It took some time but the family situation was finally resolved and Roger began looking for work again. He went to Goodwill’s Job Connection service for assistance. Robin, Goodwill’s Career Development Facilitator, told him that he could enroll in GED classes with the Desoto Adult Education Department. Goodwill would assist in paying for the classes since he was a Job Connection customer. Roger signed up right away.

Roger was diligent in his studies and, soon, he was ready to take his first test. Roger passed the test and then started preparing to take the second of four tests in the series. His ultimate goal is to get his GED and then enroll in college classes.

Recently, a position opened in the Goodwill store and Roger returned to the Goodwill team. He will continue to take his classes while working and is excited to be moving towards his goal of getting a high school diploma. Roger is glad for his many opportunities at Goodwill. Now he encourages others to work to achieve goals in their lives. Providing opportunities to reach higher and achieve more – it’s what we do …