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Goodwill offers second chance at life with education & employment

Offering both clothes and people a second chance, the Goodwill 2nd Chance Outlet on Preston Highway is hopes to create success stories. Jessie Williams is one of those stories. Moving in and out of jail for over 26 years, he finally decided enough was enough and searched for a second chance. “Even my own family wouldn’t give me a job,” Williams said, “so this means the world to me.” “Jessie has an incredible story,” said Kyle Williams, communications coordinator at Goodwill Industries of Kentucky. “About 80% of our employee base are mission-oriented, which could mean they have disabilities, or they could justice involved like Jessie. So at Goodwill we want to offer a hand up not a handout.” Jessie started his journey at Goodwill in December of 2021. Just six months after starting, he’s already been promoted to assistant manager. He attributes his success to the people he’s been able to work with, like his manager Troy. “He’s been an amazing role model for me,” Jessie said. Kyle Williams of Goodwill said the program offers a variety of services to anyone who needs them. “We help them with buying clothes for interviews, we help them with the mock interviews, we help them with writing a resume,” Kyle said. “Beyond that, we help them with digital literacy, job skills, things that are really going to take a holistic approach to self-sufficiency.” Jessie says he just hopes more people will follow in his footsteps to a better life. “I would suggest to anyone who’s interested in changing to getting through those programs, “he said. “Anyone at Goodwill is more than willing to help.” Goodwill plans to open a new education center called the Excel Center this fall. It’s being referred to as ‘Kentucky’s first adult high school’. For more information on the new center or any programs at Goodwill, click here.

Offering both clothes and people a second chance, the Goodwill 2nd Chance Outlet on Preston Highway is hopes to create success stories.

Jessie Williams is one of those stories. Moving in and out of jail for over 26 years, he finally decided enough was enough and searched for a second chance. “Even my own family wouldn’t give me a job,” Williams said, “so this means the world to me.”

“Jessie has an incredible story,” said Kyle Williams, communications coordinator at Goodwill Industries of Kentucky. “About 80% of our employee base are mission-oriented, which could mean they have disabilities, or they could justice involved like Jessie. So at Goodwill we want to offer a hand up not a handout.”

Jessie started his journey at Goodwill in December of 2021. Just six months after starting, he’s already been promoted to assistant manager. He attributes his success to the people he’s been able to work with, like his manager Troy.

“He’s been an amazing role model for me,” Jessie said.

Kyle Williams of Goodwill said the program offers a variety of services to anyone who needs them.

“We help them with buying clothes for interviews, we help them with the mock interviews, we help them with writing a resume,” Kyle said. “Beyond that, we help them with digital literacy, job skills, things that are really going to take a holistic approach to self-sufficiency.”

Jessie says he just hopes more people will follow in his footsteps to a better life.

“I would suggest to anyone who’s interested in changing to getting through those programs,” he said. “Anyone at Goodwill is more than willing to help.”

Goodwill plans to open a new education center called the Excel Center this fall. It’s being referred to as ‘Kentucky’s first adult high school’. For more information on the new center or any programs at Goodwill, click here.

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