Finding a New Normal After a Near-Death Experience

    [fa icon="calendar'] Jan 24, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Eddie Rickenbach posted in Employment, Disability, Success Story, Goodwill Guides, Retail

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    As a sophomore at St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Leonard Lofton was a successful student with plans to be a history teacher. 

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    Charting a Path to Success with Goodwill Guides

    [fa icon="calendar'] Jan 20, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Josh Kupke posted in Employment, Success Story, Goodwill Guides, Retail

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    Rachel Hendrickson knew the direction she wanted to take her life, but she needed help crafting a plan. After six years employed as a retail associate at Goodwill, she began working with a career and life coach at Goodwill — also known as a Guide. Together, they charted a path to accomplishing her goals of getting a driver’s license, owning a car and being promoted to Team Leader.

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    Carving Out a New Career Path

    [fa icon="calendar'] Jan 3, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Nathan Miller posted in Employment, TalentSource, Success Story, Goodwill Guides, Retail

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    From English Language Learner to Graduate

    [fa icon="calendar'] Dec 20, 2019 12:00:00 PM / by Ashley Martinez posted in The Excel Center, Education, Goodwill Guides, Language Barrier

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    Seven years ago, Karen Narvaez arrived in the United States from Nicaragua with little knowledge of the English language, but with a strong thirst for knowledge and a drive to succeed. After seeking out basic English courses, she was referred to The Excel Center by a friend in 2015. Unsure at the time of her ultimate career and education goals, Karen enrolled at The Excel Center part-time, with the idea that earning her diploma would help improve her fluency in English. However, Karen’s motivation soon began to change. Despite a transportation barrier, she set — and accomplished — her goal of attending school every day, and even completed her courses at the top of her class in Anderson.

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    Employer Partners Meet Qualified Candidates

    [fa icon="calendar'] Dec 13, 2019 7:00:00 AM / by Jennifer Rendant posted in Community Partners, Employment, Nurse-Family Partnership, TalentSource, Senior Community Service Employment Program, Parents

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    This fall, Goodwill TalentSource® hosted a job fair for Nurse-Family Partnership® participants and their families. TalentSource helps individuals advance their skills through training, coaching and certifications, as well as prepares candidates for placement in fields such as healthcare, manufacturing and IT. Nurse-Family Partnership pairs first-time, low-income mothers with a registered nurse to support a healthy pregnancy and beyond.

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    Meet Kimberly Lewis

    [fa icon="calendar'] Nov 30, 2019 7:00:00 AM / by Jenny Kakasuleff posted in Employment, Criminal History, ClickGoodwill, Retail

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    Life looked much different for Kimberly Lewis eight years ago.

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    Turning Life Around: An Indianapolis Met Student Story

    [fa icon="calendar'] Nov 22, 2019 3:30:00 PM / by Jennifer Rendant posted in Success Story, Indianapolis Metropolitan High School, Education

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    Kiersten Manuel, 17, is an active high school senior. Not only does she achieve high grades and take Certified Nursing Assistant and dual credit classes, but Kiersten also participates in girls basketball and track. She is the Chief Financial Officer of her school’s student-run coffee shop, a staff intern and a part-time associate at Kroger.

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    DIY Sweater Pumpkin Craft

    [fa icon="calendar'] Nov 19, 2019 12:18:00 PM / by Rachel Nelson posted in DIY from Goodwill Finds, DIY

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    In the midwest, it’s time to face the facts. It’s fall. In fact, it’s been fall for a while now. We’ve been layering up and breaking out the sweaters. Speaking of sweaters, if you've browsed Pinterest for simple fall crafts, you've likely seen these cute pumpkins made from sweaters. We decided to give them a try with our own sweater find.

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    Driven and Motivated | Zachary's Story

    [fa icon="calendar'] Nov 12, 2019 12:00:00 PM / by Rachel Moehle posted in The Excel Center, Education

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    Zachary Mobley, 30, may be one of the first students to attend the newest campus in Bloomington, but he is no stranger to The Excel Center®. Zachary first attended the University Heights location in 2017, making the drive from Bloomington to Indianapolis with his sister daily. Though he received a Certificate of Completion in his youth, Zachary struggled to find consistent, gainful employment without a diploma.

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    Nurse-Family Partnership Helps Young Refugee Mother

    [fa icon="calendar'] Nov 5, 2019 7:00:00 AM / by Rana Mitchell posted in Nurse-Family Partnership, Education, Goodwill Intern, Parents

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    Kee Lab moved to Indiana in 2014 after living in a refugee camp in Thailand. Once her family settled in the Indianapolis area, Kee set out to understand American culture and to learn English. Shortly after she started attending her new high school, she found out that she was pregnant.

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