Debbie

Debbie

The Story Behind The Store

“Goodwill’s programs have given me an inner strength.” – Debbie

I am the Story Behind the StoreWhen Debbie was ready to get a job she came to Goodwill for career guidance, life skills and parenting classes.

Before coming to Goodwill, Debbie was an unemployed single mother of a special needs child, who struggled to hold a full-time job. Just caring for her daughter Megan was a full-time commitment. Megan was born with a defect causing her not to breathe while sleeping and Debbie couldn’t leave her day or night; until a charity intervened to offer overnight care providers.

When Debbie was ready to get a job she came to Goodwill for career guidance, life skills and parenting classes. “Goodwill’s programs have given me an inner strength.” Debbie participated in the “Steps to Success” family strengthening program working closely with her case manager, Deena Harrison. “Debbie decided to finish her degree in criminology—this was the only time she asked for financial assistance,” Deena explained. Goodwill chipped in where financial aid had left off and Debbie was able to graduate.

The next step was to learn to create a resume and to interview. “They taught me to take little steps in order to succeed at my goals—for education, parenting and career goals,” Debbie said. Debbie now holds an associate’s degree in criminology and is able to work and care for her daughter to maintain consistent and meaningful employment.

2011 GOODWILL GRADUATE OF THE YEAR, JACKSON COUNTY