Success Story: Rashad
Rashad, a graduate of Goodwill’s Occupational Skills Training program, says the best way to learn is to “close your mouth and open your ears.” Before coming to Goodwill, Rashad knew he had hit rock-bottom and wanted to make a change for himself and his family, including his mother, significant other and two kids.
His positive attitude and eagerness to learn made a lasting impression on his teacher, fellow students and team members at Goodwill. “Rashad came in focused, energized and motivated,” said Thomas Elijah, a construction instructor with Central Piedmont Community College who teaches at Goodwill. “He is a success story—a model student, smart, and a leader of his class.”
“What inspired me was looking at Mr. Elijah and saying, ‘that could be me,’” said Rashad. “He patted you on the back saying you could do it. He made me feel like I could become a man.”
Rashad was skeptical about Goodwill at first because he thought it was just a retail store, but he found that Goodwill gave him the confidence to turn his life around. Says Rashad, “Goodwill is a one-stop shop. You’ll get what you need if you’re willing to put in the work.”
Today, Rashad works at Zemko Supply in Fort Mill, SC where he recycles and refurbishes electronics. He also participated in a welding program at Central Piedmont Community College. “I never realized that hard work could be so fulfilling and give you a sense of pride,” he says. “Goodwill has given me my confidence back.”