#MissionMonday - Valerie

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 - ValerieValerie came to the Goodwill Job Connection office in need of employment services. She had moved to the United States from her native country in South America because she wanted more opportunities but was worried about how she would be able to find a job when she wasn’t familiar with the local labor market and needed to find child care. However, Carlos, Goodwill’s Career Development Facilitator could tell that Valerie was determined to achieve her goals.

The first task Valerie and Carlos decided to tackle was the childcare situation. Carlos made a call to Childcare Connection to help Valerie get assistance with daycare funding. Valerie got an appointment and after just a few days she was approved.

Carlos and Valerie worked on updating her resume and writing a cover letter. It just so happened that Manasota Goodwill was hosting its annual job fair, so with a brand new resume, Valerie attended hoping to find something good. She was unsure about her skills and abilities, but she was glad to have an opportunity to meet so many area employers and to learn more about the local job market. She was also glad that she was prepared with childcare already in place and a current resume that she could share with employers. 

The day of the job fair, Valerie was offered three different job opportunities on the spot. Now she had another obstacle to deal with, but this one was different:  she needed to choose the job that was best for her family. That task seemed simple on the surface, but Valerie would need to factor in the location, the schedule (weekend or not), the time (start of the day), and the benefits package available. Valerie narrowed her decision down by eliminating the job which required her to work weekends, since she had no daycare available then. In the end, she chose the job with the greatest benefits for her family.

Valerie has been employed a little over a month now and everything is going well. She is very happy with her decision. Valerie says she’s living proof dreams do come true.  Connecting people with their dream jobs . . . it’s what we do at Goodwill!