Here is where you will find the stories of the people Goodwill serves. They are the primary reason why Goodwill exists, and the essential factor that drives us daily to continue providing quality job training and opportunities, for those in need. Thank you! Your donations and purchases are truly changing lives.

2017 SUCCESS STORIES

  • Laibao

    Laibao, a housekeeping employee at Goodwill’s downtown Nashville headquarters, was once hit by a car while making his...

  • Dorothy

    Once a week in Nashville, Dorothy brews a pot of coffee and then opens the weekly meeting of a small support group by reading...

  • Antonio

    As a child, Antonio Williams rarely felt confident about math or books, but he was at home building...

  • Betty

    After Betty and her husband of 36 years retired, they spent eight glorious years traveling around the...

  • Andrew

    At age 2, Andrew Curtis was struck by a car and suffered a head injury that left him with physical and developmental...

  • Susie

    Susie was filling out her application to work at the Goodwill store in Lexington when she came upon the question she’d been...

2016 SUCCESS STORIES

  • Alecia

    Ask Alecia about her life before Goodwill, and she says she didn’t have one. For more than a decade, the Cookeville area...

  • Anthony

    Be your own boss! Do something you love and become a successful business owner in just one year! It sounds like...

  • Heather

    Heather had a career she loved, managing a jewelry department for a major department store, and an active lifestyle...

  • The Environment

    To begin to comprehend Goodwill’s impact on the environment, try taking a walk in a single shoe. Each day, thousands of partnerless...

  • Joshua

    “Very reliable.” “Picks up new skills easily.” “Likely to go far.” Those are among the phrases Goodwill Production Supervisor...

  • Theresa

    When Theresa took her last drink and stopped doing drugs in January of 2013, she set an initial goal for herself of staying sober for...

  • Joseph

    Joseph’s mother was at the Goodwill store in Smyrna where her son had worked for several years when she saw him do something...

  • The Economy

    Goodwill shoppers expect bargains. To them, purchasing an item worth three times what they paid for it would be no surprise. But many...

  • Linda

    Linda had been unemployed for two years, but the only reason she attended a Goodwill Career Solutions job fair was to help her sister...

  • Kamel

    Once, Kamel presided over rows and rows of silvery fish. Now, books in their thousands swim past his discerning eye...

  • Tonia

    After a recent Goodwill-hosted job fair, Tonia Brown and a Goodwill career counselor were reviewing the event’s participants, discussing...

  • The Community

    Being a good neighbor is in Goodwill’s DNA. The organization was founded by a minister who was moved to action by the plight of the poor and

2015 SUCCESS STORIES

  • James

    For 38 years, James worked in the funeral home business. He was there for people in their hour of need, consoling their...

  • Debi

    Doctors told Debi she might never sing again. Of course, at the beginning of her medical odyssey, it was all doctors could do to keep the former...

  • Deontae

    Repeat donors who bring their gently used clothes and household items to the Goodwill store on Murfreesboro Road can count on being greeted by...

  • Jerry

    After nine months behind bars, Jerry walked out of jail and into a world almost as cold and hostile as the one he had left.

  • Grace

    When Grace came to Goodwill Career Solutions in 2011, she’d been unemployed for over a decade. “It had been a struggle to try and live life and...

  • Paul

    Paul was selling residential windows in Detroit six years ago, but the recession clouded his ability to see a future for himself in that hard-hit city.

  • Andy

    For Anderson, the keys to happiness are more than a figure of speech. They are real keys — the kind that unlock doors. “When I came to Goodwill, I didn’t...

  • Mercedees

    Mercedes wanted to help her mother pay their bills. She also wanted to make some new friends. But Mercedes had never held a job before. When she came to...

  • Linda

    When Linda’s husband died in 2009, she lost more than her spouse of 40 years. She lost her entire way of life. During those four decades...

  • Kevin

    For most of his life, Kevin wore his unique ability to adapt like a superhero's cloak. Until it began to unravel. Vision problems that began early in...

  • Ernest

    Ernest served in the U.S. Army for more than 18 years, and though he left it in 1990, traces of military bearing linger behind his ever-present smile.

  • Bernice

    Bernice, a production associate at one of Goodwill’s downtown Nashville warehouses, exhibits many traits that make her a valuable employee.

2014 SUCCESS STORIES

  • Shelley

    For nearly two decades, Shelley lived a secret life. “I was a meth addict for 19 years, and then the inevitable happened,”...

  • Jose

    Jose had big plans. He wanted to be a doctor, and he was hoping to get a soccer scholarship to Vanderbilt. But on June 4, 2007, his life was forever changed.

  • Dorothy

    A stay-at-home mom, Dorothy had been out of the workforce for over 30 years. “I wanted to stay home and take care of my...

  • Joel

    Joel spent 52 years in the household moving and storage business, relocating people worldwide. He was in his seventies when...

  • Stephen

    When Stephen started working at the Columbia Goodwill store in 2005, he was quiet and shy, but you’d never know it if you met him today. “Stephen never meets a...

  • Kenneth

    After serving three years in prison, Kenneth went to work for a local company. Thirteen months later, his past came back to...

  • Cindy

    When Cindy came to Cookeville in 2003, she had reached an all-time low in her life. “I had lost my home, my family and my...

  • Cindy

    In 2003, Cindy had lost everything because of addiction to drugs. She spent 11 months in prison and was required to attend recovery meetings after her...

  • Richard

    Richard had spent most of his life changing tires on tractor trailers, but after a while all that heavy lifting took a toll on his body. “I have a bad...

  • Marvelous

    After a car accident left her with serious injuries to her back, knee, ankle and foot, doctors told Marvelous she would never walk again. “I spent four months in...

  • Linda

    The company Linda had previously worked for went under in 2008. Despite 23 years in customer service, she couldn’t find another job. “It wasn’t a good...

  • Floyd

    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...

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