#MissionMonday - Sandy

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 - SandySandy joined the Goodwill team early this year.  She had a troubled past that included an incarceration, a period of homelessness, and long periods of unemployment, plus she had a mental health issue and had not been receiving adequate medical treatment.  One day she broke down at work and went to a mental health treatment facility in order to get the help she needed. After about six weeks of treatment and medication, Sandy returned to the Goodwill where she used to work and was re-hired as a donor greeter.

While she had her old job back, things were still rocky for Sandy.  Her living situation was not ideal and the couple who owned her building became very demanding on Sandy which caused her stress and anxiety.  Fearing she would have another episode at work, lose her job and have to go back to the treatment center, Sandy met with her GoodPartner Coach (a life coach assigned to each Goodwill Team Member) for advice.

The simple act of talking to another person, who understood what Sandy was going through, offered great relief. Together, Sandy and her coach started an action plan. First, Sandy was to continue her counseling and stay on her medication. Second, she explained her living situation and they started the process of finding a new place to live.

Sandy’s GoodPartner Coach explained how the Season of Sharing program worked and after Sandy found an affordable rental, her Coach prepared an application to United Way 211 for assistance with rental, security deposit and utilities. This was news that Sandy needed to hear; there was actually someone looking out for her. 

Now in a stable and comfortable environment, Sandy is taking free budgeting classes through Goodwill and feels confident that she can manage her rent payment along with all her other expenses. 

Sandy is very appreciative of her GoodPartner Coach and her entire Goodwill family for being there for her.  She knows that Goodwill didn’t have to hire her back, but they did -- and she will forever be grateful. It's what we do...