“All I had was a bus ticket, my clothes, and a sliver of hope.” After a series of unexpected events changed Margaret’s life, she wasn’t sure what to do next. When a friend offered to help her move to the Hampton Roads area, she jumped at the opportunity. Life wasn’t easy after the move, though, as she found herself in a bad employment situation, no car or way to get to another job, sleeping on couches, and losing that sliver of hope that had brought her here in the first place.
When a friend and coworker began working for Goodwill, Margaret quickly followed and was hired as a lead associate at Goodwill’s outlet store in Hampton. Within three months, Margaret was promoted to assistant manager, and within a year of started with Goodwill became the store manager at the Warwick Retail Store in Newport News.
Beyond her successes at Goodwill, Margaret has seen the impact of work on her personal life as well. She now has her own car, shares a comfortable apartment with her roommate, and is looking to move into her own home sometime in the very near future. “It’s not just a saying that Goodwill changes lives through the power of work – I’m living proof of how true that is.” Thanks to your support during events like Give Local Margaret was able to build a life right here in our community.