“The aerospace program and the internship program both made me learn valuable life skills … just being a better person in general.” – Stephen
Stephen came to Goodwill looking to learn more about the science behind the aerospace industry, and what he left with was so much more. He says the connections he made with people taught him valuable life skills and encouraged him to grow.
“I want to become a U.S. citizen, I want to vote.” – HangTran
HangTran has been working hard to learn English and get ready for her naturalization interview and exam with hopes of one day being able to permanently call the United States home – all with the strong support of our Goodwill team here to help.
“I want to tell anyone about Goodwill – that Goodwill help people.” – Pramuan.
Evergreen Goodwill has been a transformative piece of Pramuan’s life as he seeks to become a U.S. citizen after emigrating from Thailand. While participating in our Citizenship Test Preparation and ESOL classes, Pramuan had a vested interest in not only his own success but of his fellow classmates, too.
“It just takes somebody to care, somebody to try, somebody to do what Goodwill is doing.”
A lot has changed for Keone since we last heard from him at the Glitter Gala fundraising event in 2017. He's continuing to push forward in his career as he and his wife raise their young child. Learn more about Keone's Goodwill journey and how it's transformed his life.
“I need to achieve my goals because if you don’t have goals, you cannot achieve anything.”
When Yulia moved to the United States from Russia, she says she never established any professional goals for herself. Thanks to Evergreen Goodwill, Yulia was able to further her education and now dreams of one day attending a university and becoming a licensed CPA.
“Things are so much brighter than I could have ever dreamed, and I just learned how capable I am even though I really believed and was told that I wasn’t. Goodwill showed me this whole different side of me.”
Rachelle arrived at Goodwill after leaving a horrendous situation. She grew up in a struggling family, dropped out of high school, and got involved in a relationship that led to Rachelle being a victim of human trafficking. Goodwill’s Job Training and Education (JTE) staff embraced Rachelle the moment she entered the center and provided the encouragement and support she needed to start believing in herself again.
Meet Inci! For years, Inci had worked tirelessly in a job with limited advancement opportunities. She knew she was ready for a career change, so she enrolled in Goodwill’s free Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Training (PACT) program – an 11-week course that prepares individuals for a career in the building and construction industry.
“No matter what you go through in life, you have to believe in you and that you can make it,” Cheri said. “I had lost that. You get to a point where you are OK and then you lose everything, and it’s kind of like, ‘How did I get here?’ I was beating myself up mentally and stopped believing in Cheri. The people at Goodwill were so open and loving, and they believe in everybody that walked in that room regardless of what you were going through. Goodwill was a big help in my transformation. I give Goodwill all props. I really do.”
Meet Chynna! When Chynna first moved from the Philippines to Seattle in 2013, she felt self-conscious about her English-speaking ability and found the idea of starting a new career in a new place nerve-racking. She enrolled in Goodwill’s free Retail & Customer Service course. The class helped Chynna develop new job and people skills, and created a community environment that built her confidence. Now, we’re honored to have Chynna on the Goodwill team in her leadership role as a Production Supervisor at our Capitol Hill store.
“It’s important for me to talk about mental health issues, because there is a stigma that had affected me in the past. I want people to be able to talk about it and not be ashamed. After all I’ve been through, I finally like myself, and I’m going to school and fulfilling a goal. I will be getting my associate's degree, and I think that’s amazing. I struggled, it’s a challenge, but I’m doing it.” – Diane