Better than a baby manual | Laketta's Story

    [fa icon="calendar'] Mar 12, 2020 9:00:00 AM / by Stephenie Snow posted in Nurse-Family Partnership, Success Story, Parents

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    Being a first-time mom can be so many things — stressful, nerve-wracking, terrifying — the list goes on. For Laketta Booker, 26, it was all of those things until she enrolled in Goodwill's Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP)® and met her nurse, Ketta Mason.

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    Nurse-Family Partnership Celebrates 3,000 Babies

    [fa icon="calendar'] Mar 6, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Jenny Kakasuleff posted in Nurse-Family Partnership, Disability, Success Story, Parents

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    Launched in 2011, Goodwill’s Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program pairs first-time, low-income moms with a registered nurse who makes home visits through pregnancy and up until a child’s second birthday. In February 2020, we celebrated 3,000 babies born as part of the program, along with families like the Deahls, whose lives were changed significantly after the arrival of their son, Allistor.

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    8 Takeaways From New Nurse-Family Partnership Study!

    [fa icon="calendar'] Feb 25, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by Jennifer Rendant posted in Nurse-Family Partnership, Parents

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    Goodwill’s Nurse-Family Partnership® (NFP) pairs first-time mothers with a registered nurse for ongoing home visits aimed at providing the best start for their children during the earliest, most developmentally critical years. NFP is an international, community health program, widely researched and recognized for increasing health care access and improving health outcomes.

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    A Second Chance for Career Success

    [fa icon="calendar'] Feb 21, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Kelsey Stolz posted in Success Story, The Excel Center, Education, Goodwill Guides, McClelland Scholarship, Parents

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    Martha Bess has always had a love of learning, but personal barriers prevented her from finishing high school as a teenager. She married at 14 years old and started her own family, which grew to include six children. Over 20 years later, she began working with her church’s homeschool co-op, where her children attended, and soon discovered her own love of teaching. To advance her career and to continue to set a good example for her children, she knew she would need a high school diploma.

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    Finding Success (and Each Other) at The Excel Center | Kristani and Bryson’s Story

    [fa icon="calendar'] Feb 14, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Rachel Moehle posted in Success Story, The Excel Center, Education, Valentines Day

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    Kristani and Bryson Kovach are not high school sweethearts in the traditional sense. Then again, neither of their experiences with high school were traditional at first, either.

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    Where Are They Now: Katie Reigelsperger

    [fa icon="calendar'] Jan 31, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Rachel Moehle posted in Success Story, The Excel Center, Education, Parents

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    Growing up, Katie Reigelsperger had little support from her parents, who struggled with substance abuse. Over the years, Katie was in and out of the foster care system and struggled to find the stability and guidance that she needed to make healthy choices. Then, at the age of 13, she found out she was pregnant.

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    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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