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Joanna Ruiz, Pharmacy Technician Training

Like many GenZers, Joanna Ruiz explored working in different sectors after graduating from high school in 2019. She launched her own business as a traveling stylist and then worked the salad buffet in a restaurant. But when her hours were cut and eventually she was laid off, Joanna came to

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Nicholas Pierre

Life was good for Nicholas Pierre until he was laid off from his job as IT specialist at Addison design in February 2012. His life spiraled out of control – family life became turbulent and he had to move to a domestic violence homeless shelter with his son. Then he

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Antonio Hall, CVS

When Antonio Hall graduated from the Urban Assembly School for Performing Arts and received his diploma at age 18, he needed career direction. He had never worked, was not sure where he could work, or how to get a job. The fact that Antonio had been diagnosed with a Mild

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Angela Bernard, Goodwill Connects Vets

Angela Bernard is a US veteran and a single mom in her early 40s who lives in Bloomfield, NJ with her two daughters. Angela came to Goodwill Connects Vets in early 2022 when her job cut her hours and pay due to the pandemic. She was also facing eviction. Today,

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Robert Sauerwein, Goodwill Connects Vets

Robert Sauerwein , an US army veteran, found himself homeless when his landlord decided to sell the private home where he lived and evicted him and the rest of the tenants without notice. At the time, Robert, who is single in his fifties,    was working at a drugstore and trying


Goodwill Evening of Treasures

Save the date for the Goodwill Evening of Treasures on May 3! Stay tuned for details. Purchase your tickets Learn about our sponsor packages Questions about our sponsor packages? Please contact Julia Marra at If you can’t join us on May 3, you can still support Goodwill’s mission by making