On his own since age 14, Andre started on the wrong path by joining a gang and using drugs. He moved to California, homeless, met his wife on the streets and soon started a family. With new family responsibilities, Andre realized he needed to turn his life around. Andre’s attempts to look for a job were unsuccessful.
After one day noticing the Goodwill Job Services Center, he began visiting the center every day, actively working with staff to find employment. Andre secured a job working at Home Depot, and has since moved up in the company.
“Goodwill is like family to me. The minute I stepped through the doors, they welcomed me. I didn’t feel awkward; I just felt that they wanted to help.”
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Goodwill Southern California spends 92 cents of every dollar on job training and placement programs. Goodwill helped 92,353 unemployed Southern Californians in their job search in 2010 and directly placed 7,490 in jobs. Many of these individuals are people with disabilities or other barriers to finding work. As a 501(c)(3) organization, all contributions made to Goodwill are tax-deductible under both federal and California state laws.
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