Success Stories

picture of success story participant Blair


Although Blair didn’t have an extensive criminal background, there was an isolated incident in 2018 for which he was convicted ...
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Rochelle’s life changed when her husband was diagnosed with a medical condition that left him unable to work.  Dealing with ...
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Meet John, a jack of all trades. Throughout his life he has worked in many fields including carpentry, floor installation, ...
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Looking to get out of the home and involved in the community, Lisa enrolled in Goodwill of Greater Grand Rapids’ ...
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Working as a stocker for several years, Dorothy’s life changed when the company she worked for closed. As a displaced ...
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Bob was referred to the Offender Success program in May 2018, after his release from incarceration. In addition to spending ...
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Best places to start over. Those five words are what inevitably brought Aimathan to us. Born in New York to ...
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Before coming to Goodwill, Dexter struggled with grief, alcohol use disorder, and homelessness. Luckily, after a tough conversation with his ...
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Homeless and recently graduated from high school, Josh came to Goodwill of Greater Grand Rapids looking for stability. He was ...
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Times were very tough for Brad in 2014. His wife passed away, he needed to move out of the home ...
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Stress was taking a huge toll on George. Upon release from prison, George was working hard to integrate back into ...
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At 20 years old, struggling with alcoholism and homeless, Robert frequented a local homeless organization for youth. Craving stability and ...
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Val, a military veteran, worked at the recycling center for 2 months through Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids’ TWE ...
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In The Words of Doc.... I first found out about Goodwill’s Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) training program when I was doing in-home ...
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Community partners working together is the key to many successes in Grand Rapids, just like Casey’s story. Thresholds, a non-profit ...
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At the age of 26, Don was sentenced to 10 years in prison. While incarcerated, Don utilized every resource available ...
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At almost 60 years old, Melissa was laid off after 15 years with her previous company. With no GED, college or ...
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