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Patrick Giblin

He's making a difference

Goodwill's human services training program made a difference in Patrick Giblin's life. And now he is making a difference in the lives of others.

When Patrick moved to Boston from Ohio in 2012 he was unemployed and a little lost, by his own telling. He had attended a Jesuit high school where community service was held in high regard and he wanted to help others, but he wasn't quite sure how to do it and he needed a job.

From a friend who works at Boston Medical Center, he heard about Goodwill's Human Services Employment Ladder Program or HELP. "I thought this might be the right program for me," he said. It was.

Patrick completed the two-month program in February 2014 and not long thereafter was hired as a vocational counselor at MABWorks, a community-based day program, operated by MAB Community Services, a non-profit that serves the visually impaired as well as individuals with brain injuries and developmental disabilities. It is one of nearly a dozen employers that partners with Goodwill's HELP program.

Mary Moylan, the director of day services at MAB Works, said Patrick was a good fit for their organization and a natural at helping others. In fact, Patrick was promoted to assistant program manager not long after he started at MAB Works.

"This has been a smooth transition for me," Patrick said. "I wanted to work in human services and when I came to MAB I really fell in love with the energy and the vibe. It feels good to be making a difference in people's lives."

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