Malissa

Malissa

The Story Behind The Store

“Goodwill has helped me with learning different living skills, helping me shop properly and how to stay within a budget.” – MALISSA

I am the Story Behind the StoreGoodwill gave Malissa tools to set goals in order to provide a stable home, giving her children a better childhood than she had.

MalissaMalissa was 20 years old, living in a group home and pregnant with her first child when she found her way to Goodwill, seeking support to live on her own. Being a single mom with a developmental disability wasn’t her only hurdle to independent living; she abused drugs to cope with years of family abuse and neglect.

Goodwill Program Specialist Teresa gave Malissa the tools and support she needed to set goals and take steps to providing a stable home, giving her children a better childhood than she had.

“It means I don’t have to rely on other people to help me with everyday tasks. Being a parent and being independent means it’s really rewarding because you can show your kids that you can live on your own and you don’t have to rely on other people.”

2013 GOODWILL GRADUATE OF THE YEAR, SISKIYOU COUNTY