When Kate got sick a year and a half ago, she lost everything. That’s what brought her to Tent City.
Goodwill helped Kate define new goals for her life, and she’s moving toward them.
“They help me understand where I am now, and where I can be. They help me move on.”
“I never thought I was going to be 48 and using an outhouse. I never thought I was going to have calluses on my feet like I do.”
Before she became homeless, Kate was a nurse. She had a solid income with all the perks.
But her thyroid started to give her trouble and her body shut down. Eventually, she lost everything.
But Kate has an unstoppable resilience. “I don’t feel like I’m homeless. I’m in transition. I can get a job and move out of Tent City.”
Kate came to Goodwill and started the 9-week Job Training and Education Program. She’s taken classes in customer service, computer skills, job search, life skills and on-the-job training in a Goodwill retail store.
“Goodwill gave me consistency, a routine and a goal in my life.”
“Goodwill was clear with their goal for me from the beginning—they wanted me to get a job that I would enjoy.”
After completing the program, Kate applied for a loss-prevention internship at a Goodwill retail store.
And she got it!
Jobs change lives by providing a means to be independent, secure and confident. That’s why Goodwill offers job training and education programs to people in the community, as well as help finding a job. All completely free.
Goodwill’s job training and education programs benefit more than just our students—they enrich our whole community.
You can help. $50 provides someone in Goodwill’s Job Training and Education Programs with resume preparation, interview workshops and on the job training.