Category: Success Stories

Meet Benewende

Benewende Zombre was determined to make a good living to support herself and her three children. She turned to Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley (GESMV) for help. She started by entering GESMV’s English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classroom with a wholeheartedness to apply herself and a dedication to increase her knowledge of conversational and... Read more »
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Meet Ricky an Army Veteran

For three years, Ricky has been a member at the Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley’s Miracle Clubhouse.  The Clubhouse is a vital community for growth, hope, and opportunity for people recovering from mental illness in the Dayton area. The Clubhouse is committed to ongoing improvement, positive development of strengths, and elimination of the stigma against those... Read more »
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Meet Rodney

Rodney has struggled with vision impairment for most of his life. In high school, his vision began to fade. Once his vision began to fade, he found it difficult to be able to do the necessary assignments needed for school. He started to sit closer and closer to the chalkboard so that he could see... Read more »
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Meet Matt

When Matt was born the doctors told his family that he would never walk, would never be able to talk and would not be able to function cognitively; but that did not stop his family from deciding that they would give him every chance to grow up and be whatever he wanted to be. Matt... Read more »
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Meet Rick

  Meet Rick; he is a man who has never let his disability stop him and he doesn’t mind telling anyone he meets.  Rick is employed at the Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley Lebanon Goodwill Store.  He assists with donations and processing items for the sales floor.  Rick was introduced to the Goodwill Store through the... Read more »
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Meet Priscilla

  Priscilla was a freshman in high school when she moved to Clark County in 2014.  Entering high school was a very stressful time for Priscilla; her anxiety began to flare up.  Priscilla states “When I was a freshman in high school, I started having really bad anxiety.  The normal stress of high school was... Read more »
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Meet Rufus

Meet Rufus, he found himself unemployed amid the pandemic shut down. Tired of constantly getting no calls back or turned down for jobs, he decided that he needed additional support to gain employment and provide stability for his family. In his first conversation with Miami Valley Works, A service of Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley, (MVW)... Read more »
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Meet Joe

Joe was a professional chef working at Wright State Nutter Center. He was working all kinds of events like concerts, and fundraisers, but the job was taxing. “I would work 14 hours a day depending on how big the event.  I was responsible for cooking and cleaning.  My shift would begin at 8 a.m. and... Read more »
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Meet Ellen

Ellen’s life was on the upswing. She had recently been offered employment through Manpower, but then her incarceration at the Allen County Jail put an end to her plans. While she was still in pre-release status, Ellen met Staci Miles, an employment specialist with Goodwill Easterseals’ Community Outreach Program in Lima. Staci is part of... Read more »
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Meet Mikahla and Her Successful Journey to Independence

Mikahla is originally from Urbana but moved to Van Wert with her dad shortly after her mom passed away from cancer.  Mikahla’s dad is from Van Wert and wanted to be closer to family as he was also diagnosed with cancer.  Shortly after his diagnosis, he passed away, so Mikahla lived with her brother and... Read more »
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