The Story Behind The Store
“Goodwill’s been helping me out. Goodwill’s been awesome.” – JUDE
Jude’s business gives him a job and meaningful connections in his hometown
With the help of Southern Oregon Goodwill and Oregon Department of Human Services Vocational Rehabilitation, Jude has turned his gregarious personality into his own business — Jude’s Candyland, a network of candy machines in Lakeview. Born with Williams syndrome, a genetic condition that brings developmental delays often paired with a highly social disposition, Jude always wanted to connect with people and feel accepted. Based on his desires and abilities, Goodwill helped him get a Vocational Rehabilitation grant to buy candy machines and start Jude’s Candyland in June 2015.
Jude proudly checks his machines, restocks sweets, collects money, makes repairs, and gives refunds as necessary. Beyond the satisfaction of having a job, Jude loves getting out in the community to meet and greet people across his hometown.
2015 GOODWILL GRADUATE OF THE YEAR, LAKE COUNTY