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Keshaun's Story

Meet Keshaun. Keshaun participated in Goodwill’s Quest Academy (formerly Urban Career Academy) for career exploration after leaving high school.  Through this program, he gained work experience at Showtime Auto Detailing. At the completion of the program, he was immediately …


Clarence's Story

The Holidays are much brighter this year for Clarence Brown, after he got just the gift he wanted in time for Christmas…a full time job. “It’s a lot of stress off of me knowing that I can provide for my kids,” he says. “Last year I wasn’t able to get …


Kevin's Story

Meet Kevin. Kevin's story shows the power of perseverance when it’s paired with Goodwill. A learning disability was just one barrier that made it difficult for Kevin to find work. His case worker with Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation referred him to Goodwill for hands-on he…


Elizabeth's Story

Meet Elizabeth. When Elizabeth came to Goodwill for Quest Academy, she lacked self-confidence. She was told over and over again that she wouldn’t succeed. That didn’t stop her. Elizabeth never missed a class and always actively participated – even when she was pushed outs…


Monica's Story

Meet Monica. There are so many great things we could say about Monica, but one thing that stands out is how much she has grown! Let's start at the beginning. Monica was referred to Goodwill's Extended Employment Program towards the end of her high school career. In February 2017, she earne…


Megan's Story

Meet Megan.  When Megan was young, she helped her grandma bake cookies and brownies. She dreamed of a job where she could bake all day. Through Project SEARCH, a partnership between Goodwill, North Kansas City School District, Children’s Mercy, Vocational Rehab…


Brenden's Story

Meet Brenden. He is hardworking and strives to grow in his position every day. Brenden graduated from Goodwill’s Quest Academy, a six-week career exploration program for young adults. Students learn workplace skills and explore career possibilities through classroom training and intern…


Stephen's Story

Meet Stephen. Stephen is someone who perseveres through it all, no matter how long it takes. He is motivated to care for his family, especially for his son. He has endured many layoffs, including a position he held for 18 years, but that didn’t stop him. Stephen found a new job workin…


Adney's Story: The Next Chapter

Remember Adney? We have an exciting update for you. When Adney first came to the GoodWORKS Career Center, he had been out of the workforce for over 15 years. He worked with GoodWORKS Program Manager, Karen Altenhofen, to update his resume and figure out the best job for his skills and needs…


Dani's Story

Meet Dani.  Those who know Dani will tell you the Power of Work changed her life. Through Project SEARCH, a partnership between Goodwill, North Kansas City School District, Children’s Mercy, Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Center for Human Ser…


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