Every Friday, we share a new success story on our Facebook page and Instagram page. By the end of 2023, we will have 52 weeks of Goodwill! We are celebrating the many lives impacted by our mission to provide job training and education to people with barriers to employment. We are celebrating change, uplifting lives, and cheering on our participants!

Below are just a few of the stories we’ve shared so far. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more!

Meet Andrea

Meet Andrea! Andrea graduated from Goodwill’s High School Equivalency classes in 2020. After graduating, she realized she needed a better job. Andrea reached out to Goodwill again and was referred to UPMC’s Patient Care Technician program. She enrolled, graduated this August, and is currently working at UPMC Mercy! Goodwill believed in Andrea's POTENTIAL and helped her gain the tools she needed to succeed!

To learn more about Goodwill's GED classes, please visit https://www.goodwillswpa.org/ged 


Meet Bobby

Meet Bobby! Bobby is a current intern in Goodwill's Project LIFE Program, a service designed to help students learn employability and independent living skills through a series of workplace rotations and classroom lessons. Bobby has been with the Transition Services department for a few years, completing Transition WORKS! and Community Work Instruction in the Lawrenceville Goodwill Store. During his time in Project LIFE, Bobby has gained experience in the fields of retail, housekeeping, e-books, and accounting, and he continues to grow his skills during his time in the program.

Bobby is a hard worker and always makes sure he does his best. His favorite Goodwill Core Value is CONNECTION. Bobby states that he likes Project LIFE because “I get to work with great people and meet new people.” In Project LIFE, Bobby is currently finishing his rotation in E-Books, where he mentioned that his favorite task was scanning and listing books: “I had to make sure that the books were good to sell to the customers.” Since he has had quite a few experiences in different Transition Services programs at Goodwill, his best advice for doing your best at work is, “You’ve just got to focus on your task.”

Outside of work, Bobby enjoys hanging out with his family and watching Batman.

To learn more about Goodwill's Project LIFE program, please visit https://www.goodwillswpa.org/project-life

Meet Devin

Meet our most recent graduate of the manager training program! Devin recently completed his training at the North Versailles Goodwill Outlet with Retail Training Specialist Gretchen Anderson and Retail Logistics Operation Manager Calvin Phillips. Devin first came to Goodwill through our education and YouthWorks programs and, in under a year, has moved up to utility worker, forklift operator, team lead, and now assistant store manager! Additionally, Devin was recognized at Goodwill's Power of Work Awards last April for his determination to build a better life for himself and his daughter, Nova. One of Goodwill's Core Values is POTENTIAL; we know that each person can become the best they can be, and stories like Devin’s are what continue to motivate us!

Learn more about Devin's story by watching Goodwill's 2022 Faces of Work video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKbHJWWcWoU


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