After his wife’s passing, Mike Fitzpatrick needed a purpose and a reason to get out of bed every day. His job as a Greeter at Goodwill gave him that purpose. Mike Fitzpatrick has worked at Goodwill since 2014 and says he is blessed to be able to get up and come to work every day. Despite enduring childhood cancer and a brain tumor that resulted in blindness, Mike walks into work with a smile and a positive outlook on life every day. He is responsible for greeting customers as they enter and exit the store, and Mike loves every minute. Mike went through Goodwill Employment Services Work Adjustment Program, which is designed to prepare individuals who have never been employed to enter a work environment. Mike applied for a position because he needed a job that could support him. Mike is involved with the Cabell-Wayne Association of the Blind, where he is on their Board of Directors and is where he met his late wife. He began his career cutting textiles as part of the recycling program, and is now a Greeter at the Virginia Avenue retail store. “I just love getting to talk to new people, hear their voice, and want to cheer people up if I need to,” Mike said. “I can hear in someone’s voice if they are not doing very well, so I try to tell everyone to have a blessed day.” Mike is a devout Christian and credits his positivity and happiness to God. He loves to share the word of God with others, and loves to share his faith with store customers. He attends Jefferson Church of God, located in Huntington. However, Mike firmly believes his job has given him skills like maturity and patience. Outside of work, Mike enjoys spending time with his church family, going fishing, and is an avid Raiders fan. He encourages others to be themselves and to put their faith in God.

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