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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    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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    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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    Finding a Way to Persevere | April's Story

    [fa icon="calendar'] Oct 24, 2019 8:46:11 AM / by Hannah Salazar posted in Success Story, The Excel Center, Education

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    Two years ago, if you had asked April Williams if she thought she would ever graduate high school, the answer likely would have been “no”.

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