Meet Kamila Gulban

    [fa icon="calendar'] Jan 11, 2019 12:01:00 PM / by Taylor Hopkins posted in Employment, Retail, TalentSource, Goodwill Guides, Education

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    Kamila Gulban is originally from Afghanistan. When she arrived in the United States nearly thirteen years ago, she struggled to find her place in this new world. Her inability to speak English, lack of a driver’s license and limited support system made it difficult to find employment. A family friend of Kamila’s was familiar with Goodwill and shared the mission along with the many resources that Goodwill provides its employees. This immediately caught her attention, and she applied for a job.

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    Employees earn more than a paycheck at Goodwill

    [fa icon="calendar'] Dec 21, 2018 7:00:00 AM / by Josh Kupke posted in Retail, Goodwill Guides, Community Partners, Employment, TalentSource

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    Dequan Bennett is a great example of someone making huge strides toward reaching their goals after being given the right tools and support. He just celebrated one year as a Flooring Installer Apprentice at Jack Laurie Group, one of Goodwill’s employment partners. At Jack Laurie Group he is learning the finer points of floor installation — which tools to use, what detailing cuts for what measurements, and more. Dequan is also taking control of his finances using tools he learned from working with his Goodwill Guide.

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    Young Mom Makes Moves for the Future

    [fa icon="calendar'] Dec 10, 2018 7:00:00 AM / by Jenny Kakasuleff posted in Parents, Success Story, Nurse-Family Partnership, Goodwill Guides

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    Jessica Posadas was finishing her senior year at Crispus Attucks High School when she learned she was pregnant with her son Byron, now one year old. She was one of only two students selected for a Simon Foundation Scholarship. Jessica kept her sights set on her goals and leveraged her support systems to ensure she stayed on track with her education.

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    Hard Work Brings a Bright Future to Refugee Family

    [fa icon="calendar'] Nov 29, 2018 7:00:00 AM / by Jimmy Sedam posted in McClelland Scholarship, Language Barrier, Goodwill Guides, Education, The Excel Center, Success Story, TalentSource

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    Mohammed Alhamwi’s journey to The Excel Center®, Goodwill’s high school for adults, begins more than 6,000 miles away in his home country of Syria. Like many Syrians, his family was forced to flee as a result of the country’s civil war. As refugees in Jordan, they weren’t permitted to pursue employment or education which left them unable to build a life there. It seemed as if Mohammed’s family was in a perpetual limbo. They connected with Exodus Refugee Project and steadily worked for a more permanent placement. After several years in this limbo state, they received word that they were being placed in the U.S.

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    Climbing the Career Ladder at Goodwill

    [fa icon="calendar'] Nov 23, 2018 6:00:00 PM / by Jenny Kakasuleff posted in Retail, Parents, Goodwill Guides, Education, Success Story, Employment, TalentSource

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    Jasmine Bible was 17 years old when she got her first job as a cashier at Goodwill. She struggled with finding reliable transportation, stable housing and dependable child care for her son with special needs. Eager to advance her career, Jasmine took advantage of every opportunity available to her through Goodwill.

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    Twin Brothers with Cerebral Palsy Exemplify Leadership

    [fa icon="calendar'] Oct 5, 2018 7:00:00 PM / by Jenny Kakasuleff posted in Retail, Goodwill Guides, Education, Success Story, Disability, Employment, The Excel Center

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    In 1991, twin brothers Troy and Garrett Wilson were born three months premature, weighing barely more than two pounds each. Troy jokes that he’s older — having arrived five minutes earlier.

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    Former Receptionist Earns a College Degree and a Promotion at Goodwill

    [fa icon="calendar'] Aug 7, 2018 12:00:00 PM / by Jenny Kakasuleff posted in Retail, ClickGoodwill, McClelland Scholarship, Goodwill Guides, Education, Success Story, Employment

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    High School Dropout with a Criminal History Beats the Odds

    [fa icon="calendar'] Jul 28, 2018 7:00:00 PM / by Jenny Kakasuleff posted in Retail, The Excel Center, Criminal History, Goodwill Guides, Education, Success Story, Employment, TalentSource

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    From Burma to Indy: A Young Mother Perseveres

    [fa icon="calendar'] May 11, 2018 7:00:00 PM / by Beverly Phillips posted in Parents, Language Barrier, Goodwill Guides, Success Story, Nurse-Family Partnership

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    Grace is a typical 5-year-old who likes to play dress up and watch cartoons on YouTube. She’s healthy, has lots of friends and has hit every developmental milestone since infancy. She’s eager to start kindergarten. Each of these things is a small miracle given that her mother’s journey to Indianapolis began 20 years ago and more than 8,000 miles away.

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    Passion Drives a New Career Through Goodwill

    [fa icon="calendar'] Apr 18, 2018 6:00:00 PM / by Jenny Kakasuleff posted in Employment, Goodwill Guides, Success Story, Retail

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    Some of Zach Hopper’s fondest memories of his mother include shopping at Goodwill for clothes and toys when he was a child. His family was poor and his mother struggled with addiction, often leaving him to care for a younger sibling.

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