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 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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    Goodwill Employee Pursues Lifetime Goal

    [fa icon="calendar'] Oct 18, 2019 7:00:00 AM / by Rana Mitchell posted in Employment, Goodwill Guides, McClelland Scholarship, Retail

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    Since she was young, Lindsey Lemen wanted to pursue her college education. Unable to attend college after graduating from high school, she put her dream on hold. Lindsey faced barriers after graduating that made it hard for her to maintain full-time employment. These barriers were removed after she started working at the Goodwill store in Shelbyville, Indiana.

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    Excitement for Education Pays Off

    [fa icon="calendar'] Oct 4, 2019 7:00:00 AM / by Chris Wass posted in Employment, Education, Goodwill Guides, Retail, Southern Indiana

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    Meet Alexis Hornung & Andrew Weston

    Alexis Hornung and Andrew Weston work together at their local Goodwill store in Corydon. They each turned 18 years old and graduated from high schools in Harrison County this past spring. Alexis, who graduated from Lanesville Senior High School with academic honors, always enjoyed being around kids and tutoring her classmates. Her passion for teaching was solidified at a young age by her stepmother, who taught special education.

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    Barriers Were No Match For This Kind of Determination

    [fa icon="calendar'] Jul 9, 2019 12:00:00 PM / by Chris Wass posted in Employment, Goodwill Guides, Retail, Southern Indiana

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    Meet Sarina Kenney

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    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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    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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