Bennet’s Success Story

“Goodwill’s culinary program taught me skills I use everyday. I still have a lot to learn, and that happens every day thanks to the good teachers here on the job. With more education and support, one day I will be opening the doors at my own place!” Three years ago, Bennet Ellefson’s dream of becoming…

Davina’s Success Story

“Goodwill helped me climb out of desperation and into a new world. I want to help others along that same path and this is a perfect way for me to do that.” In early 2019, Davina Kerrelola was doing everything she could to escape an abusive relationship in California, while trying to build a better…

Selma Success Story

Selma’s Success Story

“I love my new job. I’m so thankful that Goodwill gave me the modern workforce makeover! For those who have been out of work for a long time, SCSEP is so important because you can earn a salary while you retrain and gain real employment experience!” Eighteen years ago, Selma McCord lost her husband and…

Princeton’s Success Story

Princeton was first introduced to Goodwill’s Youth Build program by his sister. She heavily pushed him to enroll in the program so he could get his GED. Princeton was surprised by how much he enjoyed Youth Build and that the experience was more hands on then just sitting in a classroom. Since graduating Youth Build…

Gunner’s Success Story

Traditional schooling isn’t always the right option for students. This was true for Gunner Pemberton, who was referred to Goodwill® to obtain his GED. “I didn’t like school as a kid,” Gunner commented. “That’s why I came here to get my GED.” Gunner arrived at Goodwill to pursue his education, but he left with so…

Deborah’s Success Story

Two years ago, Deborah was homeless, battling drug addiction and had lost custody of her children to Child Protective Services. Then she found Goodwill’s Culinary Training program. With the determination to change her life and the support of Goodwill staff, Deborah not only excelled in the program but was able to get sober and secure…

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…