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Pedro Fortin - I Will Work

Pedro Fortin - I Will Work

For Pedro Fortin, Boston Career Link was a lifeline.

The Hyde Park resident and married father of four children came to Boston Career Link, the one-stop career center operated by Goodwill, after losing his job several years ago.

“I needed to find a job, but I needed to improve my English first,” Pedro said. He had moved to the United State from Honduras in 1987.

At Boston Career Link, Pedro’s career advisor connected him to English for Employment classes. “It was the best thing for me to do to find the right job,” he said.

Upon completion, Pedro worked again with his Boston Career Link advisor, but this time to find a job training program that would best suit his career goals. Pedro had experience in construction and thought building maintenance would be a good fit.

Pedro soon enrolled in a building maintenance program run by the Asian American Civic Association and later landed a position at Madison Park Village, a local housing development operated by WinnCompanies.

“It’s a great job,” Pedro said. “Goodwill is a wonderful organization. They helped me a lot. I tell this to everyone. I’m happy now and my family is happy, too.”

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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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