Jaci’s Success Story

Jaci Sweet loved her job in the home health nursing field but was ultimately let go because the position demanded technical competencies that she did not possess. “I didn’t have the computer skills I needed to work behind a desk and do the managerial side of the position,” Jaci reflected. To learn what she needed…

Culinary Program Graduate: Yulie Reyes

“Yulie” (Ayulieth) Reyes has a passion to one day own her own traditional Mexican restaurant. After moving to America with her own family, Yulie’s dream led her to several jobs working in restaurants. Then she saw a Craigslist ad for Goodwill’s Culinary Skills program. “When I looked at the program at Goodwill I realized they…

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Daerik (YouthBuild Tacoma)

“If you gain anything, you will gain confidence. I always had a big outspoken voice, but I never shared it until I was here. I proved to myself I was worth it.” -Daerik, YouthBuild Cycle 22 Before YouthBuild, Daerik tried unsuccessfully for 2 years to earn his GED. “I had given up, and felt outcast…

Success story: Cliff ( BankWork$ )

In early 2017 Cliff Ragadio retired after 20 years of Army service and faced a daunting decision – what’s next? At 39, Ragadio wanted to grow beyond the structured life that he had enjoyed since 19, and he still needed the financial capacity to help his children through college.  He wanted room to grow and…

Success Story: Monica (GED Program)

When Monica moved to Washington to live with her uncle, she was without direction. She had not completed high school and was unsure about how to establish herself. Then she learned about the GED Program at Longview Goodwill’s Work Opportunity Center. “I was nervous but I tried it out and I ended up liking it.”…

Success Story: Jose (Operation GoodJobs)

Jose joined the U.S. Army as a reservist in 2001. “In the beginning, I was focused on the Army’s education benefits and scholarships,” he said, “but I soon transitioned to active-duty service.” By 2014, Jose’s military career had advanced considerably.  He had completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, become a commissioned officer, and served in…