#MissionMonday - Seth

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.


Seth decided to be an entrepreneur. He was sure that he would have a better chance of overcoming an arrest record by being his own boss. He began to do odd jobs here and there and re-sell scrap metal on the side. But he was having trouble holding down jobs longer than a few months. Then he had a medical emergency that sent him to the emergency room. 

Afterwards, Seth felt better … until he received his bill. Now he was in debt and saw no way of ever being able to pay the hospital back. Being self-employed no longer seemed like the best option. 

Seth was shopping at a Goodwill store one day and had a conversation with the store manager. The manager told him he needed to apply for a job – he was sure that Seth could get a position at Goodwill. 

Seth gave it some thought. He was struggling to pay his medical bills. He knew he would soon have to replace his car. He also knew that with Goodwill, his criminal background would not be an obstacle to getting a steady full-time job. Suddenly, Goodwill seemed like the perfect solution to Seth’s financial difficulties. He knew that he would have to work hard – but he was already doing that. Might as well get a steady paycheck for all of that hard work! 

Now, two years later, Seth sees that by working with Goodwill he has been able to achieve stability. He became a Certified Role Model Worker with the help of his Good Partner Coach, he received a promotion to keyholder, and he got a raise. He was even able to save up enough to replace his old junker!

The two years he has been at Goodwill is the longest Seth has ever worked at one place! He never knew he had that kind of commitment and responsibility in him. He is glad that Goodwill saw something in him that he did not see in himself. It’s what we do …