“I don’t know where I would be if it wasn’t for Goodwill.”
“Having the job here at Goodwill has changed my life. Goodwill has kept me grounded, showing me I have a future.”
“I love The Goodwill Excel Center! It has opened doors for me and really changed my life.”
“Goodwill helped me stay on course to achieving my goals, and showed me that I can still accomplish more.”
“Goodwill has the potential to become your family.”
“Goodwill has been like a family. I now see the best in me, because Goodwill saw the best in me!”
“The programs that Goodwill offered have changed my life and given me a new career.”
"My life is amazing! My fiancé has been the best cheerleader. My kids – sons, daughter-in-laws, and grandkids – stuck by me through [it] all.”
"It's like I always tell my daughters: I started at zero and I worked hard to make a change, now you are both starting at ten. Hard work pays off.”
“My son won’t say, well Dad dropped out, so I can too. He’s been right there with me through the whole process.”
"Don’t let anything or anyone stop you from becoming a better you. Goodwill will help you, as long as you are willing to do the work.”
"It’s up to me to put in the work. If you put in the work, you can accomplish anything. It’s a choice. And I choose to sing again.”
“Goodwill gave me the tools and the chance I needed. It was up to me to advance myself into what I’ve become, and now I’m on the path for my dream career.”
“Thanks to Goodwill, I was given a career and a plan and a purpose – my road to recovery.”
“Thanks to The Goodwill Excel Center, I can now excel in life for me, for my family, and for my future.”
“Goodwill has given me so many things, but most of all, my life.”
“Goodwill opened doors for me. They’ve given me a career, and now I know I can overcome any obstacle. I will achieve my goals.”
“I wouldn’t have this job without Goodwill!”
“ I found a place where no matter where you come from, what your background is, what you’ve been through – Goodwill opens their arms and helps you…there are no closed doors, and they never let you fail.” – Kaitlen
“I was at the lowest point in my life. Because of hard work and Goodwill’s help, I have a roof over my head.”
“It’s the most rewarding experience in my life to be able to help my students.”
“I want [my son] to see that education helps you succeed. It gives you more than a job. It gives you a future that you look forward to every day.”
“Goodwill has given me hope – now I see what I want to do, where I want to go. I can help my family.”
– Alberto, Goodwill Excel Center Graduate
“I can raise my family well, and save for my retirement. Goodwill handed me my future.”
– Charles Jackson, Store Manager, Goodwill
“I went from being an unemployed vet to owning my own business with my own truck – life is sure good.” – Lynn Johnson, Over-The-Road Truck Driver, Business Owner
“Goodwill helped me take control of my life and my future. It’s the best feeling in the world.”
– Liliana, College Student
“Before Goodwill, I didn’t see myself going anywhere in life. I thought I’d go back to prison. I had no path. Now I’m achieving things, big things.”
– Dammond, Law Clerk, Tutor, College Student
In an abusive relationship, Rachel fled to Texas with her three sons, their hamsters, and a few backpacks.
As a member of the deaf community, Daniel faced a significant language barrier and struggled with navigating the job market. Frustrated with his job search, Daniel came to Goodwill.
“I stay motivated, because every day I come to school, I’m one day closer to reaching my goals.”
I accomplished everything I set my mind to.
When Ileini first came to Goodwill, she was 20 years old, living in a tent behind the Walmart. She knew she had to make a change. Get to know Ileini.
In 1994, Patrick was sentenced to life in prison. After appealing his case and being released from incarceration, he has become a successful employee of the City of Austin. Get to know Patrick.
When Debbi was just an infant, she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. However, Debbi has never allowed her disability to limit her opportunities. Get to know Debbi.
Isa was a teen mom, had been kicked out of high school, and incarcerated - all by the age of 18. At 20, she stood in a courtroom facing a ten year prison sentence. When the judge gave her one more chance, she started her Goodwill journey. Get to know Isa.
After serving honorably in the United States Marine Corps, Edward struggled to find work after losing his job during a company downsize. Goodwill helped him find his independence again.
Get to know Edward.
Billy struggled with a learning disability and many obstacles to work before coming to Goodwill. Now with his valuable work experience, he knows he can achieve his goal of going to college. Get to know Billy.