Deb’s Supportive Family Found at Goodwill

A family is a safe place where people love you unconditionally and are there for you in the hard times that life has to offer. Deb found this family with Goodwill. In 2017, Deb had 4 deaths within 4 months in her immediate family. This was a difficult time her and she went through a time of depression. Deb said what got her through the depression was her Goodwill family.  After a moment of reflection and gratefulness she said, “I looked forward to coming into work because I knew I was home.  I was with family”. Deb had tears in her eyes and a smile on her face when she said, “These guys were amazing. Goodwill is a family. The store managers, regional managers, all the way up to the Vilay (Chief Operating Officer) are amazing. You couldn’t ask to be treated any better.”

Deb is proud to work with Goodwill and she appreciates the work that Goodwill does in our job training programs for individuals with barriers. Deb stated with pride and thought, “The help we give our participants is amazing. They get a chance to get back into the workforce without worrying if they are going to be able to do this. Goodwill gives them a chance to prove themselves that they can do this, and nothing is beyond what you dreamed you could do. You just have to believe in yourself and I think that Goodwill makes people feel this way.”

Deb personally understands the work that Goodwill does is important and makes an impact on people. She has an autistic grandson and realizes that individuals with disabilities can get into the workforce and be successful, Deb said with optimism, “I hope that he ends up with Goodwill. At Goodwill they will be able to give him the opportunity, teaching, and the learning he would need. Goodwill has opened my eyes even more than my grandson did to how capable these people are.”

For Deb, family is important for her and she recognizes that Goodwill is home and that her Goodwill family will always be there for her no matter what. She knows that they will be here for her in the good and bad times because that is what family does for each other.

Why Did You Leave Your Last Job?

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Among the toughest interview questions is why you are no longer employed.  Let’s dive into ways of addressing that question.

First of all, notice the wording.  There’s a major difference between being unemployed and looking while being employed.  The latter – looking while being employed – is pretty easy.  You’re seeking professional growth, challenge, perhaps a career change, etcetra.  Focus on the positives of the new position for which you’re interviewing.

But what if you’re unemployed?  Most people don’t walk away from a job without another job lined up unless they’re relocating for family reasons.  Otherwise, if they do walk away,  it may be because the job was not a fit for their skills or workplace culture preferences.

If you did walk away, you may not want to divulge that information.  Instead, acknowledge it’s somewhat rare to step aside from a job without something waiting for you.

Once you’ve done that, let them know it was a difficult decision, but you felt it wasn’t fair to your previous employer or to yourself to remain there.  You decided to step aside to evaluate where you want to be next.  Job searching is a full time job, and you didn’t want to do it while being employed full time.

If you didn’t quit and your employer pulled the plug, how do you spin that?

I’m no employment attorney, so this isn’t legal advice.  If you were terminated for cause, I believe you need to briefly mention it when asked.  Admit your mistake, indicate you’ve learned from it, and let them know you’ve taken steps to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

But what about those awkward times when you didn’t  get along with your boss?  You don’t want to admit you can’t seem to play well with others.  So how do you explain that sort of termination?

Two answers may work.  If you weren’t the only person terminated, then let them know that the company had a reorganization that included your job ending.

If relatively new management has come aboard, share that information. New managers often surround themselves with their own team; this can mean releasing or reassigning employees working under the previous manager.

No matter what happened, never bad mouth your past employer.  Indicate you’ve learned a lot and welcomed the chance to contribute.  Then turn your focus toward what you like about the position for which you’re interviewing.

These days, very few people stay with one company their entire career.  Sooner or later, most of us will face that “why did you leave” or “why are you looking to leave” question.  I hope this post has given you some tips on how to answer.  Good luck!

Meet the Skills Trainers-Molly

Hello! My name is Molly and I am a skills trainer at Goodwill.  I am so blessed because I love my job and look forward to coming to work every day.  Working for Goodwill means I have an impact in people’s lives; people who face physical, emotional or mental challenges.

As a skills trainer, I support and teach our participants a variety of things they will need to be employable such as job skills, coping skills, behavior modification, and how to communicate appropriately and many other things. What I love most about my job is developing relationships with our participants and watching them reach their goals and gain confidence in themselves and their work.

What brings you the greatest joy?

  • My greatest joys are my family, my fur babies and traveling.   A few places on my bucket list include traveling to Ireland, Italy, and Greece as well as every national park in the United States

What is your greatest fear?

  • My greatest fear is my son, who is a police officer, getting hurt or killed or losing any of my kids.

What are some interesting facts about you?

  • I desperately love animals and could easily be a crazy old cat or dog lady.
  • I have a sarcastic, warped sense of humor.
  • I love watching the TV show “Hoarders” because it inspires me to clean my house.
  • I love historic architecture and I am one of the founders of SiouxLandmark a local historic preservation group.


Marilyn’s Gratitude for Goodwill

Marilyn had been struggling for a while to find a job that was satisfying for her. She worked at jobs where she was having a hard time even paying for her bills. Marilyn wanted a job where she could have a purpose and look forward to waking up every day. A job that would help her pay for her bills and be able to put food on the table.

One day as Marilyn was driving by the Goodwill she saw that they were hiring for a Retail Associate. Marilyn interviewed, and got the job and before she knew it, she was promoted to Night Supervisor. Marilyn has been with Goodwill for 20 years and is currently the Assistant Store Manager at the Sioux Falls Kiwanis store.

With Goodwill, Marilyn has been given opportunities to advance herself and to create a better life. Goodwill has been a job that Marilyn has truly enjoyed. With gratitude, Marilyn stated, “I like coming into work and working towards a mission. I have been able to pay off both my house and truck because of Goodwill. I am thankful for what Goodwill has given me.”

When you donate or shop in our stores you are providing opportunities to people like Marilyn who was given a chance at a job and has used the resources that Goodwill has provided her to grow in the retail store and to have a good cause to work for. Your donations (monetary or goods) are tax deductible. Donate today and create opportunities for individuals such as Marilyn.

Meet the Program Managers-Jill


Jill has been with Goodwill for 6 years as the program manager and ETO administrator in Rapid City, SD. She leads the Rapid City Missions Services department and has been involved in disability services work for 30 years. Let’s learn more about Jill!

What is your favorite part of your job?

  • Being able to be a part of teaching people the tools they need to succeed and accomplish things they didn’t think they could accomplish.

What do you wish you knew more about?

  • I wish I was better at sign language (ASL)

What would be your idea way to spend the weekend?

  • Lazy clothes, relaxing, watching my history documentaries, not having any errands to run.

What is something you think everyone should do once in their lives?

  • Learn something new, something they’ve always wanted to learn but haven’t taken the time or didn’t think they could. Travel to a place they’ve never been, and not be in a hurry.