In May 2020, Palmetto resident Bethany Rex was referred to Goodwill of North Georgia’s Old National Career Center by the Fulton County Accountability Court. The 37-year-old reported that she was in recovery and was eager to pursue training to secure steady employment. After participating in several virtual job readiness classes facilitated by Case Manager Monica Whitson, Bethany obtained a job in food service.

By Spring 2021, Bethany was ready for a change. She was celebrating two years of sobriety and was interested in a career that would help others with their recovery. In May, she joined Georgia Addiction Treatment Center as a behavioral health technician. Bethany shared that the job readiness training she received at Goodwill was beneficial to her career development. In her efforts to land her new job, she drew on the lessons about developing a professional resume, successful interviewing, and effective communication.

Within six months she earned a promotion to lead behavioral health technician, a role where she supervises others. Thrilled with the results she has experienced, Bethany has been referring others to Goodwill, encouraging them to investigate the agency’s programs and services, and has witnessed many of her peers obtain employment after doing so.

Bethany is excited about her career path, recalling her inspiration for seeking a new direction, “If nothing changes, nothing changes. I found it hard to reach out to other people for help because of my pride, so I had to start changing my ways of doing things.”