Success Stories

There are many success stories of individuals whose lives have been changed after participating in a Goodwill job training and employment program. To read more about Goodwill programs click here.

To hear from Goodwill Programs Participants how Goodwill changed their life, visit Goodwill’s YouTube Page. You can read more success stories in the 2014 Annual Report.


Success Story:  Mariam

When Mariam Jargbah moved to Roanoke from Liberia, Africa, she had high hopes of finding a job and starting her new life in America. Trying to find work on her own, however, proved difficult because of cultural barriers. Discouraged, Mariam’s confidence in her abilities sank …
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Success Story:  Ozzy

Ozzy Shively’s Goodwill success story begins with Project SEARCH. The Goodwill Project SEARCH program gave Ozzy hands-on work experience through a Carilion Clinic internship. This real world experience helped Ozzy transition from high school …
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Success Story:  Diane

Success Story Diane FeehanDiane worked in corporate finance positions early in her career. Married, with a job she loved, Diane gave birth to their son. Three months later her husband was hurt at work and placed on permanent disability. Her son was also diagnosed with a disability, and soon Diane was forced stay at home to care for her family …
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Success Story:  Arthur

When he was just 17, Arthur McDonald got into trouble and was sentenced to prison as an adult. When he was released just after his 19th birthday, he hoped to get on the right track, but after being unable to find a job due to his record, Arthur found himself once again turning to crime. The next time he was caught, he was sentenced to 17 years in prison. Arthur says “That’s when the reality kicked in …
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