Joseph is another great example of never giving up! Joseph was raised by his mother and grandmother and had a very sheltered childhood. When both of his caretakers passed away suddenly, he needed to find a way to support himself and his brother. He withdrew from school, but ended up passing his GED and went to earn an Associate’s Degree. He was referred to Goodwill through the office of Vocational Rehab in Ashland, Kentucky in 2019. Shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic, Joseph completed a Person-Centered Employment Plan, but was unfortunately laid off when retail stores closed. When the stores reopened, Joseph was re-hired as a Retail Associate. Joseph has worked for Goodwill since, and is a very dedicated employee. He walks 2 miles one way to work, and completes his tasks efficiently. He loves talking to customers and strives to make everyone feel welcome in the store. His goal is to save up money for a car so he can complete the Driver’s Education Course.

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Keonea came to Goodwill to complete Community and Facility-Based Work Adjustment classes and never left! Upon completing her class curriculum, taught by Jean Mansfield, Keonea was hired as a part time Retail Associate at our Virginia Avenue store.


If you've been to our Barboursville store or visited his ice cream truck, you know our buddy Jacob! Jacob truly doesn't know a stranger. Between running his ice cream truck in the warmer months to working in our Barboursville store, he keeps a pretty busy schedule. He is SUPER social and L O V E S talking with customers to make sure they feel right at home.


Jack works in our Lavalette retail store as part of our school-to-work program, but Jack also has a pretty cool business on his own. Jack runs his business, Jack & the Bean, which offers hot and iced coffee and other delicious drinks. However, if you ask Jack, he says working at Goodwill is his favorite job.