Life has Taken a Positive Path

Tawney Gladney | Goodwill Corporate

When Tawny Gladney was released from a correctional facility after serving time for drug offenses, she knew that she wanted to turn her life onto a different path.
?I chose to change my playmates - so-called friends - and environment... believing that would change my old habits,? Gladney said. She entered a three-month program at Grace Village in Perry, which Gladney says helped guide her into her new life.
It was when Annette Perryman, Gladney?s caseworker at Grace Village, took her to Goodwill to search for a new career path that her prospects continued to improve. Perryman helped Gladney with everything from selecting the right clothes for an interview to remembering to bring her identification and Social Security cards, and Gladney credits Perryman with being the one person who really made a difference in getting her life on the right track.
A visit to Goodwill?s Job ConnectionSM provided Gladney with information on a serving and housekeeping position with Henderson Village, where Perryman took Gladney for her first job interview. From there, Gladney moved on to a position with Concessions by Cox at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, while she also worked in a restaurant kitchen on the weekends. Thanks to this great start, Gladney was able to save enough money within three short months to move into her own apartment.
A year later, Gladney is happily married, and her youngest son lives with her and her husband. She works in the front office at Concessions by Cox where she oversees the catering operation. She hopes to pursue a business degree in addition to finishing her remaining credits for cosmetology certification.
Her life has taken the positive path that she needed.
?I have all of my family back and am getting to be a part of their lives again,? Gladney said. ?I am honored that Goodwill has people like Annette.?