The Story Behind The Store
“I am the story behind the store and I like to smile.” – RUTH
Giving back helped Ruth grow
From her childhood through two abusive marriages, Ruth had lived in chaotic and sometimes violent homes. She was diagnosed with schizophrenia and depression, along with a developmental disability. Low vision and obesity restricted her mobility. Her attendance at the Goodwill Community Integration Training program in Siskiyou County initially was sporadic, and even when she came she didn’t participate in activities.
Goodwill specialists helped her set goals, and in 2015 she had laser surgery to improve her vision. She started working with a nutritionist to make healthy food choices and lost weight. She moved to a better living situation. Now she attends the Goodwill independent living program daily and gets paid work experience shredding documents, answering phones, and working in the community food pantry, where she helps with the shopping, bagging groceries, developing healthy and affordable recipes, and delivering to people in need. Work experience and community connections have helped Ruth gain confidence and purpose.
2015 GOODWILL GRADUATE OF THE YEAR, SISKIYOU COUNTY