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Success Story Friday: LeTashia

August 20, 2010

Everywhere LeTashia goes, she hands out Goodwill Job Connection business cards to people who need help finding a job like she once did.

She says the Job Connection at the Concord Goodwill Center changed her life by helping her land not just one, but two jobs—and she thinks it can help and inspire others, too.

When her home care position was eliminated late last year, LeTashia, a single mother of three, struggled to pay bills and provide for her family. The stress level was even greater because since she’d been an independent contractor, she wasn’t eligible for unemployment benefits.

Even with her 17 years of financial services experience and her home care background, finding a job seemed impossible. Until, that is, she found an ad for Goodwill’s employment programs that turned her job hunt around.

With assistance from a Goodwill career counselor, LeTashia expanded her career options and prepared for interviews. She treated the Job Connection like full-time employment, going there daily for her job search—even though she had a computer at home. She also used it to make copies and fax machine and telephones.

Her hard work paid off. Today, LeTashia gives tours at the new NASCAR Hall of Fame and also works part-time in home care once again.

“You get to meet and greet people from all over at the NASCAR job. I can’t believe you can have a job where you can work and have fun at the same time,” LeTashia says. “It just feels great to be working again.”

In addition to using the Job Connection for her employment search, LeTashia also learned about educational opportunities. She has since taken medical office and terminology courses at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

“The Goodwill staff is a blessing in so many ways. They just didn’t help me get a job; they helped me get two jobs,” she adds. “I am able to pay my bills and get on track.”

Editor’s Note: We publish a success story every Friday to get your weekend started off on a positive note! To read previously published Success Story Friday posts, click here.


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