This week we spent some time asking fellow employees what they were thankful for this Thanksgiving. Many were thankful for family, friends, their job. But one response really spoke to me and the work that we do each and every day at Goodwill . . .
“I’m thankful for Goodwill giving me a second chance.”
I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of the Goodwill team for over 11 years now. I’ve met so many people who have changed their lives through hard work, determination, and the support of both Goodwill programs and our staff. Our Goodwill staff provides not only their support, expertise, and guidance but also their love and compassion. It is truly more than a job for them. . . it is a calling.
A couple of months ago we filmed Hank’s story. When we do these types of videos we sit with those being interviewed and ask questions just to get them talking. Fanee, who works with individuals that we serve who receive Medicaid Waiver funding, was scheduled to be interviewed as part of Hank’s video. Her role was to explain the program and to tell us a little about working with Hank. We were all inspired by what happened next . . .
So as Thanksgiving approaches I am thankful for my loved ones, but I’m also grateful for everyone that comes to work each day at Goodwill, just like I do. Together we provide individuals the second chances they deserve. We help people achieve the pride, dignity, and self respect that comes from earning a paycheck or simply by treating others as they wish to be treated so they can achieve their greatest independence.
From our Goodwill family to yours . . . Happy Thanksgiving.