2016 Goodwill Story of the Year, Jackson County

“Goodwill helped me get my GED and my career.” – HAYLEY

I am the Story Behind the StoreHayley reached her goals and now helps others

Divorce, foreclosure, no high school diploma, and six years out of the workforce to care for her son who has spina bifida and her daughter had left Hayley Taylor feeling depressed and stuck.

She came to Southern Oregon Goodwill to earn her GED and gain work experience, and, in the process, discovered a career where she thrives by helping others. Success in the classroom motivated her and doing supported work in a Goodwill Job Connection built her office skills and unlocked her passion for service. Goodwill Workforce Development team members noticed her hard work and dedication, and recommended she be hired as part of the team.

“I enjoyed it so much,” Hayley said. “I was at it every day until they hired me. Now I’m a Job Coach and I run the Job Connection in Ashland.”

The Story Behind The Store