15 Dec He not only found a job, he found much more. Meet Jose Ortega …
There is patience and kindness in his voice as he works with clients trying to master their computer skills and need help with their job search. “All you need to do is register on this log-in page,” he tells a woman in the computer room in the Spring Hill Career Solutions Center, “and then you can begin your search.”
Jose Ortega was once one of those who needed help finding a job. As he rolled in to meet with prospective employers he had more than one say they didn’t have a good fit for his skill set. Ortega says he believes all they saw was someone in a wheelchair. What they didn’t see was the talent just waiting to be tapped.
When Jose and his family moved to the Nashville area to escape the mean streets of south central Los Angeles in 2004 they thought they were leaving the violence behind. And after a violent encounter almost took his life, Jose came to Goodwill for the help he needed to find a job. He not only found a job, he found acceptance, success and reward. Watch why Jose Ortega was named the recipient of the 2011 Goodwill 110% Award.