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Mikia Black

Even before her car accident, Mikia Black struggled with finding the right job and a clear path toward a bright future. But the horrible accident in September of 2014 only set her further back. A single mother of two young boys, Mikia was in a coma for 32 days and faced months of rehab and... Read more »
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There She Is

Most little girls dream of their wedding day, becoming a mother, and being crowned Miss America. If born with a disability, it doesn’t diminish dreams girls might have. In fact, it might make the urge to fulfill them even stronger. I’m speaking from experience. Although born with a disability, I still tried a little bit... Read more »
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I Represent Three

I represent three categories. I’m a woman who is African–American and I also have a disability. The word for a person who is overlapping social identities and related systems is called intersectionality.   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intersectionality. While I hate to admit it, I know my categories of my intersectionality often hinder my career success and life in general... Read more »
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Lysandra Wilbert

“I feel like Goodwill is a good fit… I enjoy helping others and working with a great staff. I feel honored that Tom gave me the chance!”  – Lysandra Wilbert Twenty-one year old Lysandra Wilbert came to Goodwill like many people feeling some anxiety. But, her goal was to secure long term, full-time employment. Lysandra... Read more »
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Bullying

Have you ever been bullied? Unfortunately, bullying has been going on since the ice ages but now it has gotten to the point of getting out of control. Bullying has gotten so bad, that there’s no more just fist fighting to settle a dispute.  People are carrying and using weapons in order to protect themselves.... Read more »
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May is for Mental Health

Hello All, Today is Mental Health Awareness Day. It’s my honor and pleasure to introduce Aaron Troutman who’s serving as guest blogger and is also a Miracle Clubhouse Member. Miracle Clubhouse is a warm safe environment for those who are suffering with mental illness. The clubhouse assists people further their education, find employment and become... Read more »
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Goodwill Shopping Safari – Wrap Up

One hundred serious bargain hunters joined us for the Goodwill Shopping Safari on April 29. We began at the Troy Goodwill store, amid torrential rain, and loaded up two charter buses full of eager shoppers. Donald Bush hosted the group that visited the Lima, Eastgate and Wapakoneta stores, while Kim Bramlage served as tour guide... Read more »
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Celebrate Earth Day with Goodwill

Earth Day is celebrated this Saturday, April 22nd. Started in 1970, when the word “environment” was not necessarily in the forefront of people’s minds, the public began to be more aware of the link between pollution and public health. And, the movement toward a more environmentally-friendly world began. Earthday.org notes “Earth Day 1970 gave voice... Read more »
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A Service Dog Story

By: Linda Pelfrey Today, Abby, a Yellow Lab Golden Retriever mix, and I are celebrating our first anniversary as a dog guide team. I have benefitted from 7 incredible and unique pups from The Seeing Eye in Morristown, New Jersey. Each has left their paw prints on my heart and I have learned transforming life... Read more »
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