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Meet Gloria Heard

Like many retirees, Gloria Heard didn’t stay retired for long. With experience using the Athens Career Center from time to time, Gloria knew just where to go to find her…

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Meet Saryah Beard

DeKalb County resident Saryah Beard came to Goodwill in 2017, seeking an opportunity to participate in the summer internship with Old Navy, which is now known as This Way ONward….

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Meet Wanda Puig

Wanda Puig has used Goodwill’s Career Centers occasionally for the last few years. Childcare issues prevent her from seeking permanent, full-time employment; however, when she needs to find temporary opportunities,…

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Meet Julia Ramirez

In March 2021, Julia Ramirez came into the Cornelia Career Center seeking help with her job search. Since Julia does not speak English, Lead Career Coach Sandy DeAza, who is…

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Meet Jessica Martinez-Lopez

Jessica Martinez-Lopez had been working in the hospitality industry prior to COVID-19. Like many hotel workers, she was laid off in March 2020 and needed to find a new career…

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Meet Carol Gilbert

Seven years ago, Carol Gilbert and her husband left Virginia and relocated to the Woodstock area to be closer to their son and his family. The couple had been employed…

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Meet Lilia Aguirre

Lilia Aguirre had been working in a manufacturing job at Wrigley’s in Oakwood. This position was very labor-intensive and lacked favorable long-term career prospects. Lilia needed a better job to…

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Meet Dylan Walker

Dylan Walker had just turned 16 and was finishing his sophomore year at North Atlanta High School when he saw information about the This Way ONward 2021 summer internship program….

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Meet Destiny Motley

Kennesaw resident Destiny Motley visited Goodwill’s Smyrna Career Center in late August 2021 to enroll in the Technology Careers Program. When the virtual class began in mid-September, she proved to…

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Meet Daniel Phillips

Daniel Phillips began his Goodwill journey in August 2021 when he participated in the Getting Ready for Opportunities in Work (GROW) camp. During the week-long program, Daniel consistently expressed his…

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