To anyone who has ever looked for a job, “You’re hired!” are two of the best words in the English language. And no one appreciates them more than Henry Lam.
You see, Henry’s developmental disabilities have made it extra difficult to find work. The son of refugees, he grew up helping stock the shelves of his dad’s small convenience store. For a little while, he worked in a carwash. Then nothing. Henry’s dream of having a job — of hearing the words “You’re hired!” — seemed very far away.
Then he was referred to Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries for job training. Where others saw only his disability, we saw a friendly and energetic young man who wanted more than anything to achieve the independence and dignity that comes from work.
Henry's case manager, Dawn, helped Henry think about a career path. Then, after training in Goodwill’s AbilityOne program — a special vocational program for individuals with developmental and other disabilities — Henry began applying for building maintenance positions.
In September 2010, Henry heard the words he had been waiting for so long: “You’re hired!”
Today the need in our community for job training and career services is greater than ever. So we are pleased to announce that a generous Goodwill donor has offered to match your gift, dollar-for-dollar, up to a total of $25,000.
This means that your gift is worth twice as much and will go twice as far in supporting Goodwill’s job and youth programs.
The support of friends like you helps make dreams come true for Henry and the nearly 9,000 men and women in our job programs. Thank you for your past generosity, and we hope you will renew your commitment to Goodwill with your 2012 Annual Fund gift of $50, $75, or if possible, $100.
For over 115 years, Goodwill has helped men and women facing barriers to employment achieve the independence and dignity that comes from work. Please make your gift to Goodwill today so that together we offer not charity, but a chance.
Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries collaborates with hundreds of employers to promote and facilitate the hiring of individuals facing barriers to employment. These collaborations bring trained, dedicated employees to the workforce, and help people achieve independence and dignity.