Harlie Painter came to Goodwill in March 2021, two months before her 21st birthday. She was interested in enrolling in the forklift training program. The program would not start until mid-April, so Harlie decided to work at the Goodwill store in the interim. During those few weeks Harlie shared that she had some challenges with staying committed to things if she was not taking her medication. Harlie was also juggling a job at Papa Johns, which added to her stress.

Thanks to the support of SNAP E&T, Harlie began the forklift training program on April 12th. While in the program, she was offered a position at Amazon, but declined it with the hope of securing a forklift job. She also shared that she was pregnant and would be moving in with her parents shortly, so she had a lot going on in her life.

Harlie completed the job readiness training classes and on-the-job training at Fastenal. Thanks to the Caterpillar grant, she was also able to improve her digital literacy skills. When she graduated, she earned OSHA and forklift certifications and was excited about her next steps. As Harlie prepared to interview with PrideStaff, SNAP E&T support allowed her to purchase appropriate clothing for the interview. By June 25th, she was employed with PrideStaff, but unfortunately had to resign due to the heat in the warehouse. She decided to seek employment with a different Papa Johns, closer to her residence. Transportation challenges arose which forced Harlie to leave Papa Johns. She had hoped the company could transfer her from Atlanta to Newnan, but that was not possible.

Undeterred, Harlie continued her search and in mid-August, secured a manager position at Dominos. She also contacted Amazon and started a job there at the same time. Even while working two jobs, Harlie wanted to further her education, and enrolled at United Education Institute in Morrow. She will graduate in May 2022 as a Certified Medical Assistant and hopes to start her healthcare career at Emory. And—she is looking forward to her daughter’s arrival in December.