Budgeting & Hard Work Equals Goals Met

    [fa icon="calendar'] Jun 11, 2019 12:00:00 PM / by Nathan Simpson posted in Employment, Goodwill Guides, Retail

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    Meet Caroline Costa

    Dreams and goals are great, but when you can’t afford the steps to get there, they can seem unattainable. Caroline Costa was feeling that way about her own future when she moved back in with her mom in 2016. Pregnant, unemployed and financially unstable, Caroline had left an unhealthy relationship and made the difficult decision to place her son up for adoption.

    “I felt I wasn’t in a good position to financially give my son everything he needed.” Caroline said, while speaking about that difficult decision.

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    The Goodwill Indy Interns Outlet Adventure

    [fa icon="calendar'] Jun 7, 2019 7:00:00 PM / by Rachel Nelson posted in DIY from Goodwill Finds, Goodwill Outlet, Goodwill Intern, Retail

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    This post was originally posted July 7, 2012

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    Returning to the Classroom | Genesis’ Story

    [fa icon="calendar'] Jun 5, 2019 7:00:00 PM / by Rachel Moehle posted in Success Story, The Excel Center, Education, Parents

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    When Genesis Ortiz withdrew from high school during her senior year, she never imagined that she’d be pursuing a teaching degree nearly 10 years later.

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    Student Brings Sign Language to the Classroom

    [fa icon="calendar'] May 28, 2019 12:00:00 PM / by Jenny Kakasuleff posted in Success Story, Indianapolis Metropolitan High School, Education

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    As Daesha Cottrell nears the end of her senior year at Indianapolis Metropolitan High School, she is raising the bar for students who follow in her footsteps, exemplifying leadership, while preparing for college and beyond.

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    Leading by Example

    [fa icon="calendar'] May 24, 2019 7:00:00 AM / by Jenny Kakasuleff posted in Employment, Success Story, Goodwill Guides, Goodwill Outlet, Criminal History, Retail

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    Angel Beyersdorfer struggled with drug addiction for a decade before she finally hit rock bottom. She lost her home, car and driver’s license and couldn’t hold down a job.

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    Supporting Our Communities

    [fa icon="calendar'] May 21, 2019 12:00:00 PM / by Jenny Kakasuleff posted in Employment, Success Story, Criminal History, Retail, Southern Indiana

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    As a small city in rural, southern Indiana (population <7,000), Scottsburg has the same challenges larger cities have but fewer resources available to address them. Of the 12% of Scottsburg residents who didn’t graduate from high school, an astonishing 44% over the age of 25 live below poverty level. Other common barriers include criminal history, addiction and homelessness.

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    Finding New Beginnings After Incarceration

    [fa icon="calendar'] May 17, 2019 7:00:00 AM / by Jenny Kakasuleff posted in Employment, Success Story, Goodwill Commercial Services, New Beginnings, Criminal History

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    Greg Perry beamed with pride as he stood at the podium at his graduation from Goodwill’s New Beginnings program, recounting the experiences that led him to prison as well as those that changed his life. New Beginnings is a six-month, re-entry program that helps those who were recently incarcerated adjust to society after their release.

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    First-Gen Graduate Plans for the Future

    [fa icon="calendar'] May 14, 2019 7:00:00 PM / by Jenny Kakasuleff posted in Nurse-Family Partnership, Success Story, The Excel Center, Education, Parents

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    India Daye was a senior in high school when she first learned she was pregnant. She lacked stable housing and worked part-time at a fast-food restaurant through her pregnancy to help support her family.

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    MD-To-Be Balances Career & Motherhood

    [fa icon="calendar'] May 11, 2019 7:00:00 AM / by Beverly Phillips posted in Nurse-Family Partnership, Parents

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    First-time mom Arian Baker, 33, learned about Goodwill’s Nurse-Family Partnership through her obstetrician. As a medical student she knew that maternal and infant mortality rates are much higher among African-American women. She worked with her nurse to educate herself about the changes that were happening to her body and managing stress that could adversely affect her developing baby.

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    Meet Justin Musgrove & Selena Schraven | Indy Met Teacher Appreciation Week Spotlight

    [fa icon="calendar'] May 7, 2019 7:00:00 PM / by Rachel Moehle posted in Indianapolis Metropolitan High School, Education

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    It takes an extraordinary kind of teacher to become a part of the Indianapolis Metropolitan High School family. As a best-fit high school for students experiencing circumstances that may present a barrier to education, Indy Met staff must possess empathy, patience and — most of all — heart.

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