The Story Behind The Store
“To have a job is amazing, to be able to support my family, my kids.” – LEAHA
Goodwill helped Leaha find an employer who knew health issues don’t define a person
Lupus left Leaha, a mother raising two children in Klamath Falls, exhausted, plagued with chronic pain, and dependent on her mother and sister because she had difficulty keeping a job. When the Oregon Department of Human Services referred her to Goodwill through a welfare-to-work program, she struggled to sit or stand for long periods of times, was deeply shy, sometimes angry, and hadn’t worked for about three years. Goodwill workforce specialist Jennifer Paul helped Leaha build confidence and skills, then placed her in a receptionist job at Shasta Acupuncture & Herbal Wellness, a Klamath Falls clinic that was sensitive to her medical condition. Known for her bright smile and excellent office skills, Leaha has steadily added hours to her work schedule. She no longer relies on public assistance and hopes to be able to work full time.
2015 GOODWILL GRADUATE OF THE YEAR, KLAMATH COUNTY