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Jesus Rodriguez was a taxi driver before the pandemic hit,, but lack of work forced him to applied for public assistance and become a stay-at-home dad. But Tragedy had literally hit home earlier; fire consumed his home and he lost everything. His wife worked to support the family while he

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GOODWILL INDUSTRIES® WEEK CELEBRATES THE POWER OF WORK May 1-7

Every year during the first full week of May, local Goodwill organizations across the United States and Canada celebrate Goodwill Industries Week to shine the light on how Goodwill NYNJ transforms lives through the power of work. This year, Goodwill Industries Week runs May 1–7. While the U.S. economy is

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Olive Zachowski – Legal Services

Olive Zachowski had been on and off public assistance for about 3 years before joining Bridge To Tech. Her background was in theatrical carpentry and other odd jobs working with her hands, but when theatres closed due to the pandemic, she found it difficult to find employment.  Olive came to

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Larry Thompson – Warehouse Specialist

Larry Thompson, an African American single Newark resident in his early sixties, had served our country proudly as an Army Cannon Crewman. The US veteran was referred to Goodwill NYNJ’s Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program(HVRP)  in August 2021. He was homeless and had been sleeping by a Stop and Shop store.

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Sharon Cooper – CVS Greeter

Sharon Cooper is a 33-year-old Richmond Hill, Queens, resident with an intellectual disability and speech impediment. She lives on her own in an Individual Residential Alternative (IRA) in Queens. Sharon enrolled in Project Discovery (Jamaica location) with no work experience to explore possible work opportunities in the retail, food preparation,

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Goodwill NYNJ featured in Crain’s NY article

Wafts of frosting, sugar and butter swirled in the air on a recent Thursday morning as loud mixers roared in the background. In the corner, Jasmine Garcia, 33, of Flushing, Queens, wearing an oversize green sweater, a white apron, gloves and a hairnet, carefully placed delicately decorated cupcakes in plastic