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Caleb pursues his own business with support from Disability Services

Caleb Truman likes to use his hands. He creates impressive woodworking pieces and detailed needlepoint and sewing projects. He knew he wanted to sell his crafts but needed some support. Caleb achieved this goal with a little help from Goodwill’s disability and workforce services.   Caleb attends Goodwill programs five days a week, totaling 40 hours a week. He goes on…

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Aamber lands her dream job as a nurse on Vinalhaven

Aamber Hufsey was between jobs and wanted to support her young family. A career change can be difficult for anyone, but when you live on Vinalhaven, an island that’s an hour and fifteen minute long ferry ride from the mainland, obstacles arise. Aamber met with the Workforce Solutions team and decided she wanted to work in the medical field. She…

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Katherine finds job success in disability service for high school students

Katherine Nolette wants to join the workforce when she graduates high school, a feat that can be challenging for some people with disabilities.  Katherine won’t let her disability stop her from achieving her goals. She is preparing for her future through a Goodwill disability service for high school students called Bootcamp. Katherine has participated in Bootcamp for two years. During…

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LuAnne found her dream job advocating for people with disabilities

LuAnne Cori is an advocate for herself, which helped her find her dream job advocating for others.   Before getting to her new career, she faced some obstacles. LuAnne has a hearing disability, which she didn’t know about until she was in her thirties.  She has adapted and persevered through every challenge that’s come her way. LuAnne secured the services of…

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Goodwill helped Tim earn his IT degree and land his dream job while navigating his disability

Tim Johnson applied to numerous jobs while in school but kept getting rejection letters. He finally got connected with Goodwill who helped him pay for college, land his dream job and manage his disability. Tim has Bipolar Disorder, which is difficult to manage without the medication he needs. When he was unemployed and earning his degree, Tim didn’t have access…

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Chad Leighton “The Job Whisperer” finds careers for people with disabilities

Chad Leighton has helped more than 50 people with disabilities find a career in the community. Within Goodwill, he’s called “The Job Whisperer.” Chad works for Goodwill’s Workforce Services. When a client has a tough time finding a job, Chad’s patience, persistence, and a good attitude are the keys to helping his clients land a great career opportunity.  For one client, it took over a…

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University students score jobs in the field of Deaf Services

When Melissa Price first walked into Goodwill’s LifeWorks Deaf Services she thought, “I think I’m home.” With her degree in Linguistics and American Sign Language (ASL), she was initially not sure what to do when she graduated. But, after hearing her classmates talk about LifeWorks Deaf Services, she found her way there initially as a volunteer. It wasn’t long before…

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Working at a Goodwill store is Tammy’s dream job

A few months ago, Tammy Parker made her dream come true and now works at the Mill Creek store in South Portland, Maine. Tammy doesn’t have a car, so she walks across the Casco Bay bridge to work every day. She loves her job so much, and says all of her coworkers are nice, helping each other get their work…

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Carina, speech therapist, helps people after a brain injury

“Now that’s a cool job!” Carina Ream thought as she was reading an article about a speech therapist who helps actors on their accents for movies. She was student at the University of New Hampshire and was considering how to combine her love of English and science into a career. Ultimately, this led her to graduate school to become a speech…

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