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By making a gift today, you are supporting families in your neighborhood find independence and dignity through work, families like Treena and her daughter Trizzy.
Just a year ago Treena Hogan was unemployed and homeless, living in a shelter with Trizzy. Now here she was, standing at the podium telling the 50 professionals gathered how Goodwill helped her transform her life.
Treena’s 14-year-old daughter Trizzy was by her side, beaming with pride as her mother talked about the journey toward independence and employment that began the day she came to Goodwill.
Last year alone, the generous support of friends and neighbors like you helped Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries provide training and career services to more than 10,000 men and women like Treena. This year the need is just as critical.
As Treena will tell you, it’s amazing what you can achieve with determination and a helping hand from Goodwill. Before Treena learned about Goodwill, she hadn’t worked in over a year. She and Trizzy were living in a shelter, and Trizzy was struggling in school, due to learning disabilities made even harder to overcome by the stress that came with being homeless.
Treena is a real “people person,” and had much to offer an employer. However, her inexperience in the job search process—including resume writing and interview skills—made it next to impossible to find work.
Then a social worker at the shelter told Treena about Goodwill’s Human Services Employment Ladder Program, an eight-week training program that prepares men and women like Treena for entry level jobs as human services workers. Treena saw her chance “to get ahead in life,” and signed up right away.
Meanwhile, Trizzy started to get help with her schoolwork through Goodwill’s GoodGuides Youth Mentoring Program. GoodGuides helps teens finish high school and transition into productive careers through supportive one-on-one mentoring relationships with trusted, caring adults. With time and determination, mother and daughter made tremendous progress. Trizzy’s schoolwork improved, and always a talented artist, she began the hard work of preparing to attend art school after graduation from high school.
After completing her job training program and going on a number of interviews, Treena had exciting news to report when she was offered a position as a teaching assistant in a preschool.
Today when Treena says, simply, “I’m a preschool teacher,” her face lights up. She loves her job. And the truth is, friends like you helped make it all possible.
The support of Goodwill’s caring friends and neighbors has helped make dreams come true since Goodwill first opened its doors. For over 115 years, Goodwill has helped men and women facing barriers to employment achieve the dignity and self-respect that comes from being able to support themselves and their families. Your generosity is deeply appreciated.
The Goodwill Stores are run as social enterprises, meaning they support Goodwill’s mission to provide job training for individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment while also providing jobs and good quality, low-cost goods to individuals and families looking for value.
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