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Floyd had been living the street life for more than 10 years. “I had a drug and alcohol problem, and I kept going to jail,” he said.

Floyd had been living the street life for more than 10 years. “I had a drug and alcohol problem, and I kept going to jail,” he said.

In 2008, Floyd reached an all-time low and decided it was time to turn his life around. At the time, he had been unemployed for two years. “It got real tough, and I made up my mind that I didn’t want to live like this anymore.”

So, he left Jackson, Tennessee, and headed to Music City for a fresh start. Floyd had been on the job hunt in Nashville for three months when someone told him about Goodwill. The very next day he stopped by the Career Solutions center on 8th Avenue.

“I told my career counselor I was tired of running the streets, and I really needed a job.”

One week later, Goodwill offered Floyd a job as a dock associate. After six months unloading trucks in one of Goodwill’s downtown Nashville warehouses, Floyd’s supervisor promoted him to a lead position. Then in 2012, he joined Goodwill’s community relations department as a truck helper. Floyd now spends his days picking up donations for Goodwill and interacting with our donors, which he thoroughly enjoys. “I like meeting people, and I really like my job.”

This month, Floyd celebrates his fifth anniversary with Goodwill, and he’s pretty happy with the way things have turned out. “Working for Goodwill makes me feel good inside,” he said. “I’m at peace now.”

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