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The Power of Work

This video celebrates men and women illuminating lives right here in our local KC community through the Power of Work.


Kim's Story: The Next Chapter

“When I called Goodwill for the first time and [someone] picked up, I knew what I had found. I found a good place…and it just kind of went from there.”  


Kim's Story

“I remember hearing about how Goodwill taught him [grandpa] to fix small appliances and helped him find work.” Fast forward 50 years and Goodwill is providing the same service for Kim Lewis.


Shelley's Story

Meet Shelley. Shelley was a Goodwill client in early 2014, when we first provided guidance and an opportunity for her to succeed. She quickly earned employment at a local janitorial company. After a couple of years, Goodwill saw the company slowly decline and a handful of clie…


Paul's Story

Meet Paul. Paul was ready for his second chance. He had great work experience as a store manager, but Paul also had barriers to employment. He has a health condition and a criminal record. His family situation deteriorated along with his health, and, after serving time in jail, he lost his f…


Shandi's Story

Meet Shandi. Ten years ago, Shandi was a Goodwill success story. A client with great work ethic, she had earned and kept employment in her former placement. But when Shandi came back to Goodwill last year, she was not working. The loss of employment put her family in turmoil. She knew t…


Brett's Story

Meet Brett. Brett moved to his mom’s home in the summer of 2015. He was selling his plasma weekly to pay for their utility bills. Brett desperately needed a job, but a disability impaired his ability to read and write, and consequently pass a written driver’s test. Without a driv…


Dwaylan's Story

Meet Dwaylan. Dwaylan enrolled in  Goodwill Quest Academy eager to grow and learn. Quest Academy participants split their time between the classroom and a local internship to gain job skills and work experience. Dwaylan chose an IT internship and impressed his superv…


Sean's Story

Meet Sean. When Sean graduated in 2013 with a degree in Speech Communications, he didn’t anticipate how difficult it would be to find a job.


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