Isaac was between jobs and had served time in prison. His family and friends were tired of him getting into trouble and wanted him to change his life. Isaac heard that Goodwill offered job training and decided to investigate the options at a Workforce Development Center in Winston-Salem. The Goodwill staff felt that skills training classes offered in partnership with Forsyth Technical Community College would be a good fit for Isaac. He successfully completed training in Facilities Maintenance and TIG Welding. These classes were funded by Goodwill’s Outreach Scholarship Fund which assists qualified applicants with tuition.

Isaac utilized his new skills to land a maintenance position with a major fast-food chain. Isaac now has his own car and is looking for an apartment. He is very grateful for the training he received that helped him change his life.

Stories of Impact   |  Related

headshot of Paula Canty

Making Dreams Come True

Paula had always wanted to be a nurse, but she couldn’t afford to take a CNA class to get started in the medical field. read full story

headshot of Trish Purcell

The First Step Toward a Dream

Trish, the mother of 2 children with one on the way, was on parole for drug charges. She took a big step toward get her life back together by coming to Goodwill's Next Gen program and completing her GED. read full story

headshot of Kelvin Swisher

A Veteran’s Second Chance

Kelvin, an Army veteran, openly acknowledges the destructive behavior and bad choices that led to 27 years of drug addiction and multiple incarcerations. Kelvin has now been clean for over 20 years. read full story