Success Stories


Meet Larry

“I don’t know where I would be if it wasn’t for Goodwill.”
– Larry


Meet Corey

“Having the job here at Goodwill has changed my life. Goodwill has kept me grounded, showing me I have a future.”
– Corey


Meet José

“I love The Goodwill Excel Center! It has opened doors for me and really changed my life.”
– José


Meet Octavia

“Goodwill helped me stay on course to achieving my goals, and showed me that I can still accomplish more.”
– Octavia


Meet Jenissa

“Goodwill has the potential to become your family.”
– Jenissa


Meet Raymon

“Goodwill has been like a family. I now see the best in me, because Goodwill saw the best in me!”
– Raymon


Meet Ray

“The programs that Goodwill offered have changed my life and given me a new career.”
– Ray


Meet Shirley

"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.”
– Shirley


Meet Keidi

"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.”
– Keidi


Meet Brittney

"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.”
– Brittney


Meet Lyric

"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.”
– Lyric


Albert Update

“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.”
– Albert


Meet GG

“Thanks to Goodwill, I was given a career and a plan and a purpose – my road to recovery.”
– GG


Meet Girlie

“Thanks to The Goodwill Excel Center, I can now excel in life for me, for my family, and for my future.”
– Girlie


Meet Ashlee

“Goodwill has given me so many things, but most of all, my life.”
– Ashlee


Meet Raymond

“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.”
– Raymond


Meet Bella

“I wouldn’t have this job without Goodwill!”
– Bella


Meet Kaitlen

“ 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


Meet Lauren

“I was at the lowest point in my life. Because of hard work and Goodwill’s help, I have a roof over my head.”
– Lauren


Meet Ginger

“It’s the most rewarding experience in my life to be able to help my students.”
– Ginger


Meet Michael

“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.”
– Michael


Meet Alberto
Outstanding Graduate

“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


Meet Charles
Outstanding Employee

“I can raise my family well, and save for my retirement. Goodwill handed me my future.”
– Charles Jackson, Store Manager, Goodwill


Meet Lynn
Outstanding Achiever

“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


Meet Liliana
Outstanding Youth

“Goodwill helped me take control of my life and my future. It’s the best feeling in the world.”
– Liliana, College Student


Meet Dammond

“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

Meet Rachel

In an abusive relationship, Rachel fled to Texas with her three sons, their hamsters, and a few backpacks.


Meet Daniel

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.


Meet Jessica

“I stay motivated, because every day I come to school, I’m one day closer to reaching my goals.”
– Jessica


Meet Albert

I accomplished everything I set my mind to. 
– Albert


Meet Ileini

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.


Meet Patrick

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.


Meet Debbi

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.


Meet Isa

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.


Meet Edward

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.


Meet Billy

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.


Meet Hugo

Hugo battled alcoholism and addiction for many years before hitting rock bottom. He sought the treatment he needed and with help from Goodwill, created a successful path to renew his life. Get to know Hugo.

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