"If you do a good job, they will be good to you!" - Carolyn Smith
*Update May 2015- Carolyn was promoted to Team Leader for the Day Shift Basewide Custodial Team.
Carolyn Smith is a long way from special education classes of her youth. Now she’s thriving with a steady job as a Good VocationsSM custodian at Fort Gordon and can make a floor shine like no one else.
After a series of layoffs with a local painter’s union, she became depressed and worried anxiously about her family’s financial difficulties. She was distraught over her medical expenses, the fact that she had no insurance, and no means to stay on her medications. Her depression became so severe that she was hospitalized for an extended period of time.
After Carolyn’s release she immediately began her job search. She started at Goodwill’s Job ConnectionSM after hearing about their mission to help people with barriers to employment. Because of Carolyn’s difficulty in learning she qualified for Good Vocations, an AbilityOne Program, where she soon became a valuable team player meeting strict Quality Assurance Standards.
“Once I started, I was excited to work for a company that I knew would be in business for a long time,” Carolyn says. “I could finally have job security and insurance!”
Good Vocations Manager, Lynn Hicks, describes Carolyn as “a thinker, a doer, a team player; she is rarely absent and is always prompt.”
Carolyn is grateful for the opportunities presented from Goodwill and Good Vocations. “If you do a good job, they will be good to you. That’s Goodwill and me!”