“It means a lot to me to have a good job with a great company!” exclaims Jacole. After a back injury left her out of work, this mother of two was afraid that she wouldn’t be able to get a decent job again. She enrolled in Wisconsin Works, and today she’s thrilled to have a fresh start with Goodwill Industries!
Through W-2, Jacole learned how to explore careers that could accommodate her new weight restrictions. Talking with her case manager Karen also helped take the weight of stress off her shoulders. “Working with her gave me options I didn’t know I had,” she says. Karen helped Jacole find career paths she didn’t know were open to her and the hope she had almost lost.
Volunteering helped Jacole narrow down her career goals. She loves working with children, but after a brief stint at a local preschool, she realized that it just didn’t match with her long-term goals. She noticed openings at Goodwill and decided to drop off an application in-person. She told the supervisor how she thought she might be a great candidate for their company, and after looking over her application, they decided to set up an interview and start training.
“This job means I get more opportunities to be successful and make sure my kids have everything I can give them,” she says. Her family means the world to her. “They push me every day to be a better person. I want to be the best person I can for my kids, my family, and myself,” she tells us. Jacole plans to keep pushing forward and see how far she can advance, while saving for a new car and her children’s education. Congratulations, Jacole!