Goodwill Program: Freedom Drive Job Connection and GoodWork Staffing
“I thank Goodwill for opening their doors, welcoming me and giving me the opportunity to make a change in my life.”
Unemployed and with a criminal background, Julius Houston needed someone to believe in him and give him a second chance. He turned to Goodwill’s Freedom Drive Job Connection where a career counselor worked with him on the basics of a job search before referring him to Goodwill’s temporary staffing agency – GoodWork Staffing.
After two successful placements through GoodWork Staffing, Julius went to work at DyStar/Color Solutions, which proved to be the perfect match. For nearly three years, his work in order fulfillment at DyStar has provided him the stability and experience needed to turn his life around. Julius received a GoodWork award at Goodwill’s Cornerstone Celebration in May 2009.
“My past is not something that I am proud of,” Julius says. “I was not a happy person when I was without work. I don’t know what I would have done if I wouldn’t have found Goodwill because I was at rock bottom.”
Julius now looks forward to going to work every day because of the respect that comes with earning a paycheck.
“Today, I want people to know the new me. I am a much better person,” Julius says. “It’s just a good feeling to have a paycheck. Earning a paycheck is very well-respected.”
With steady employment and a new outlook on life, Julius is able to provide for his fianceé and three children, and save for their college funds.
“I thank Goodwill for opening their doors, welcoming me and giving me the opportunity to make a change in my life,” Julius says.