Bernice, a production associate at one of Goodwill’s downtown Nashville warehouses, exhibits many traits that make her a valuable employee. She learns quickly. Her attendance and attitude are outstanding. Her supervisor says she is a pleasure to work with.
But for 25 years, those traits lay dormant. During that quarter century, Bernice never held a conventional job. She was addicted to drugs, and attempts to sell drugs got her in trouble with the law.
Bernice eventually went through rehabilitation for her addiction, but her outlook on life remained grim.
“I really didn’t think I could get a job, by me getting two felonies,” she said.
But in 2010, after two years of sobriety, Bernice