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Success Story Friday: Labor Day

September 3, 2010

This Labor Day, we’re celebrating the commitment of more than 41,000 people in our community who have utilized our job training and employment programs since the start of the recession in 2008. That number is even more significant when you consider the new unemployment numbers released this morning: we’re at 9.6% for August, a slight uptick from 9.5% in July.

But for the donors and shoppers who frequent our stores and attended donation centers (that’s you!), it’s a time to celebrate the difference YOU have made in helping us carry out our mission.

Your donations and purchases have helped people like Latoya become success stories. As a young single mother, Latoya couldn’t make ends meet as a college student and was forced to drop out of school.

As her children grew, she decided it was time to get her life back on track. When she was referred to Goodwill by the Department of Social Services’ WorkFirst program, she found what she’d been looking for: career counseling, job readiness skills, and resume help. It was just what she needed to find the courage to go back to school and earn her medical reimbursement certification.

“Goodwill prepared me to become self sufficient,” Latoya says. “I can say that without Goodwill, I would still be lost. Everyone needs a road map when they are lost. For me, Goodwill was just that.”

Click here to read more of Latoya’s story–or click here to make a Labor Day donation online to support Goodwill’s work in our community.

We couldn’t do it without you.


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