Success Story: Angela
Angela came to Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont at a time in her life when she didn’t know where she was going to sleep each night. Angela was transitioning out of a local homeless shelter and needed help finding a job quickly so that she could secure permanent housing.
When Charlene Hendricks, Manager of DSS Initiatives at Goodwill, met Angela for the first time, she saw the abundance of potential in Angela and knew she could help. That’s when Charlene connected Angela with Mike Foster, Transitional Jobs Supervisor at Goodwill. Angela worked with Mike to secure immediate employment at the Goodwill Outlet retail store on Freedom Drive in Charlotte, where she proved to be a top performer.
Angela used this time as a transitional worker at the Goodwill Outlet to learn the role, build relationships with other team members, and gain an understanding of the Goodwill organization and mission.
As a result of her hard work and dedication, Angela was promoted to a permanent, full-time hanger position at the Sardis Road retail store, with the encouragement and support of her Goodwill Outlet teammates and managers.
“The Sardis Road retail store is full of friendly people that want the best for everyone,” said Angela about her Goodwill family.
Working in the Goodwill Outlet retail store transitional job, and now at the Sardis Road retail store, allowed Angela to secure permanent housing. Today, Angela is excited to go to work each day and can rest easy knowing she has a place to sleep and call home each night.
Angela’s advice for others seeking help from Goodwill is, “Keep moving forward. Stay focused and maintain a positive attitude. The Goodwill team members are excellent people and really help others get back on the right path.”