From a Job Ticket to a Changed Life

“There are so many people in this building that make miracles happen,” smiles Sheri. “They help you open that flower of self confidence.”

Sheri came to Goodwill after a string of bad luck.  She’d been a personal chef for a prominent Seattle tycoon, and while managing his household, began planning his fabulous events.  But the economy crashed in 2008, which brought that to an end.  “I went through all my resources and was on unemployment,” Sheri remembers. “Then I got a job ticket sent from social security—a real ticket! It was for Goodwill and I thought, I love shopping at Goodwill, I’m going to check this out.”

But the ticket wasn’t for shopping, it was for job training.  And it couldn’t have come at a better time. Sheri admits she was at a low point mentally and physically.  That day she met Lori Popejoy, and felt a seed of hope. “She got me going on my resume. I read it and thought, wow!, I’m better than I thought! The people at Goodwill help you stand strong.”

Goodwill’s Career Pathways Computer Skills and Office Support program was perfect. “I dug in and graduated at the top of my class. It’s amazing  what happens here!”

With new skills and confidence, Sheri applied to Quality Inn and Suites and was hired 24 hours later.  Immediately, she took the initiative to grow a front desk job into one that includes booking their beautiful, newly refurbished conference rooms. She also does PR events such as her recent work on their hotel  grand opening.

Like Shari says, it’s amazing what happens here.


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