"Goodwill reminded me of who I am. I had purpose again. They restored my confidence and made me see what I’m capable of. “
Sometimes you lose everything in order to start over. Tracy was born and raised in Western New York. She moved to Arizona and lived there for 14 years while she climbed the management career ladder at a prominent retailer. Life was good. Then “everything went downhill” and she lost everything – family, friends, her job, her home – due to substance abuse and domestic violence.
In 2011 Tracy “escaped back to Buffalo” with her young child and lived in transitional housing for women and children who are victims of domestic abuse. Her abuser eventually found her and, after a period of time, they were again living together because “the devil in front of you is less scary than the one you don’t know”. She lived in constant fear and the cycle of abuse continued. When he passed away suddenly, Tracy was left with thousands of dollars of debt, was homeless, and had to resort to couch surfing with her young son. She hadn’t worked in eight years and no one would hire her. She didn’t know where to begin to find a job and start her new life.
Tracy says, “Goodwill reminded me of who I am. I had purpose again. They restored my confidence and made me see what I’m capable of. Goodwill is a special place to me. I felt I was at the right place at the right time with the right people.”
Tracy’s life has definitely changed since that day she first walked into the Goodwill store. We are proud of everything she has learned and accomplished and look forward to what is ahead for her.
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