The Story Behind The Store
“I felt like I was a part of a team and grew to love my work and the people in the Goodwill community.” – DANIEL
Daniel is now the owner and operator of Forget Me Not Productions and a shining example of how the power of work can change lives.
“When I found myself climbing from the despair of health problems and lost employment and in need of support, Southern Oregon Goodwill trusted in me and in my potential to work and contribute to society,” said Goodwill graduate Daniel.
After suffering a relapse of his bipolar disease, he was unable to work and facing bankruptcy. When his health improved, Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services referred him to Goodwill and the Work Strengthening Program. “Because Daniel had a strong background in business, we offered him a part-time position as a reception assistant at our office in Medford,” said Pam Ogden, Goodwill Program Specialist, who served as Daniel’s case manager. He excelled at his duties and was recognized for his attitude and motivation. “I felt like I was a part of a team and grew to love my work and the people in the Goodwill community,” he said.
Daniel also participated in the DreamSavers program, where he developed a savings and business plan to start a video production business to help people record family histories. “For two years, I saved $83 a month and my savings were matched $3 to every $1 saved.”
In 2011, Daniel completed the program and purchased equipment and supplies from his business plan. Once unable to hold a job, he is now the owner and operator of Forget Me Not Productions and a shining example of how the power of work can change lives.
2011 GOODWILL GRADUATE OF THE YEAR, JACKSON COUNTY