“I feel so relaxed working here than prior jobs. I have nice coworkers that treat me like family. There are people here I can laugh, joke, and smile with. At home I've got a cat and I love to read. My grandma used to read to me all the time while I was a child. Now I read all kinds of books. I like to recommend good books to other people, it's fun."
“We are more than just a thrift store, we serve a higher purpose. It's not just about donations and selling items we are about changing people's lives. I left my former job after 14 years, I wanted a change and to help people. I've seen an individual go from being a participant to becoming completely independent and being out on her own with a job and place to live. I've seen children smiling and laughing at our Shoe and Mitten Parties. At the end of the day I know that I've helped someone, and that makes me proud.”
“Things change in the store every day. I like hanging clothes to go on the floor. When customers come in to shop they see the new things we put out. Some of the items have been worn before but some are brand new."
"Goodwill has always been a part of my life. I grew up with 5 siblings and a single parent. My grandma would come into Goodwill and buy a single big skirt. She would use it as fabric to make shirts and shorts for all of us kids. I’m a shopaholic now, and I still like to go into Goodwill and find good deals. I've been in retail most of my life. I love the people you meet and the feeling you get when you're able to help people."
I’m inspired by other people doing their best to make the best lives for themselves. When I see someone trying, I want to try right there with them. When something goes wrong I always think to myself, if this is the worst thing to happen to you today, then it’s a good day. I make a conscious effort to put myself in other’s shoes. I’ve worked in many areas throughout the store, and like to interact with people.
“I love interacting with people, it’s my passion. Helping people with their donations is my favorite part of the job. I treat them and their donations with respect. Their stuff meant a lot to them or a loved one at one time or another. I left to do factory work for a few months but came back. Everyone here is my second family, we treat each other with respect and it’s all about teamwork.”
Spencer Store Employee
“I like to think of myself of an environmentalist. We need to do what we can now instead of hurting the oceans and land for future generations. It’s important to me that we’re recycling. We go through the stuff we get and keep things out of the landfill. Even items that are torn or stained get recycled instead of going to the trash.”
“I was born and raised here, and have cashiered since I was 14 years old. I like to deal with the money and the people. I love to make people happy and always put others first. Goodwill changed me in a better way. I’m more confident now and didn’t always feel like that before.”
Jody has been working at Marshalls for a year and a half in our training program. He was just hired on as a part-time employee, not under our training program anymore. He is excited and happy to be employed at Marshalls independently. We are very proud of Jody and very excited for him. ~ Maggie, Program Manager
Read the full story at: - www.goodwillgreatplains.org/idd/
Idd came to Goodwill as a participant. He completed his program and was extended for another 6 weeks to get more work history established.