I joined Goodwill’s First-To-Work program after I was laid off from my previous employer and had to rely on public assistance to survive because I couldn’t keep up financially. I’m so grateful to Goodwill for helping me to find full-time employment in their Maui store. I’m now back to being self-sufficient and have also learned how to budget my money better in case difficult situations may arise again. Goodwill was my “cheerleader” when I had lost hope, inspiring me to have a positive attitude and to reach my goals. Jeanell was a participant in the First-To-Work (FTW) program on Maui. FTW helps low income families transition off of public assistance through employment training, placement and ongoing support.