Donate Today and Help Build The Future

by Katherine Boury, Seattle Goodwill
May 1, 2013

Join our Building the Future Campaign and help us serve even more people in the community. Over the next three years our goal is to increase the number of people served through our free job training and education programs from 6,265 to 8,500. We will work to grow our Career Pathways and Youth Year-Round Program, open new job training and education centers or improve existing centers, and more than double the number of people that we place in jobs.

GeoffreyYour support can help us build better futures for people like Geoffrey Kinyua, who faced barriers to employment when he first immigrated to the United States. Geoffrey wanted to find opportunities that he did not have in his home country of Kenya. He selected Seattle because he had friends in the area. "Coming to Goodwill was really a turning point in my life," he remembered. "Goodwill gave me a lifeline to determine what I wanted to do." So at age 55, Geoffrey, enrolled in a college preparatory class at Goodwill, determined he wanted to pursue a career in mental health because he has a "passion for helping people."

Despite the fact that English is not his first language and facing a strenuous education program, Geoffrey has done exceptionally well. He is studying to become a Chemical Dependency Professional Counselor at Seattle Community College. "I feel indebted to Goodwill because without Goodwill I would not be in school." He hopes his wife will soon be able to join him in Seattle and his adult sons plan to attend his graduation. Geoffrey is now also a Goodwill shopper. "I'm part of the Goodwill family and will hold Goodwill at the top of my heart."

Support our campaign today to help us build the future for more people like Geoffrey. Because jobs change lives.


Katherine Boury is the Communications Manager at Seattle Goodwill.

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