Mission Moment: Meet Audrey, Returning Citizen

Audrey is a returning citizen, however, she does not let that term define her. She resides at the Ohiolink in downtown Toledo and she is completing a program before she is fully released.  She contacted Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio, Inc. after a referral from her Counselor from the Correctional Treatment Facility in downtown Toledo.  She came to Goodwill and enrolled in the Reentry Program. Upon doing a job search online, Audrey was hired by “So Noted, LLC” a warehouse in Toledo, OH on the corner of Dorr St. and Westwood in West Toledo.  She asked Goodwill for assistance with work clothes and work boots.  She accounted for everything except transportation when she got off from work after working her shift of 3:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m.

Audrey really liked her job.  She would catch the bus to work, however, when she would finish her shift at 11:00 p.m., she would walk back to Ohiolink, in downtown Toledo, by herself, a distance of 5 miles. In discussing her situation with the job with Goodwill team members, Audrey asked for a bicycle.  Fortunately, Goodwill had a few bicycles left in the program for transportation of participants to and from work.  She obtained a bicycle, which in turn removed the transportation barrier in a more-safe way.   She now has a job, work clothing and a bicycle for transportation to and from work. She’s very happy and appreciates Goodwill for the life changing resources.  Way to go Goodwill!

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