Through Goodwill Hawaii’s Employment Core Services program, I was able to focus on my strengths and overcome any doubts or perceived shortcomings I had about myself. I had an 8th grade education level, a history of drug abuse, a prison record, and no job experience. I had no idea how to deal with life outside of prison. I hadn’t had a job in 10 years, and with the world changing so much, I was sorely lacking in my self-esteem and confidence. I am now 30 years old and learning how to do the simplest things in life. I am so appreciative to Goodwill for having faith in me and for believing in me. After completing my program, I had not one, but two job offers. I was so excited and proud of myself! I am now working full time, and cannot imagine what I would do without the guidance of my Goodwill counselor. I can honestly say that this program is an invaluable asset to the community.
Tina is a participant of our Employment Core Services for Reintegrating Individuals program. ECSRI works with ex-offenders to reintegrate back into society through gainful employment.