"Stay positive, follow your dreams, and always put God first." - La'Quadrick Davis
Diagnosed with attention deficient/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), La’Quadrick Davis continually strives to overcome barriers with help from Goodwill. “It’s been a life changing experience,” he says.
La’Quadrick, “Quad” as his friends call him, gave up on high school in 2013, because it was a challenge, not realizing what a challenge it would be to find a job without a diploma.
In November of the same year, Quad came to Goodwill looking for work and was assigned a case manager who determined the best route was the Goodwill Retail Training Store program where he sorted donated items and got real-world experience.
After his training ended, Quad worked several temporary jobs through Goodwill Staffing Services until being placed in a dishwashing position at Edgar’s Grille. After just a few short weeks, Quad was hired on permanently at Edgar’s in April 2014.
While working, Quad again attempted the high school diploma challenge with tutoring from the Helms College Academic Achievement Center and his diploma arrived the same day he turned 21, in January 2015.
This fall, Quad plans to attend Augusta Technical College. He’s still narrowing down what to study, but has a good idea it will be a hands-on program, which helps concentration for individuals with ADHD.
Though Quad admits, “It’s still a challenge and sometimes I mess up, but every time I learn something new.”
Quad’s guidance to others struggling with challenge is to “stay positive, follow your dreams, and always put God first.”