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Success Stories

Danny Brewster, 2009 Achiever of the YearIn 2015, Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida helped more than 42,400 people overcome their barriers to employment and independence.  Our success stories include people with new skills, jobs, education, housing, transportation and more. 


Did you know? 89 cents of every dollar supports our Goodwill Mission!


Meet Our Success Stories

Breakthrough Achievers:

Justin Winings, 2011 Breakthrough Graduate

Jean Edmond, 2012 Breakthrough Achiever

Mark Peirce, 2013 Chet Perry Breakthrough Achiever

Jennifer Glawe, 2014 Chet Perry Breakthrough Achiever

Jessica Estrada, 2015 Breakthough Achiever

Breakthrough Graduates:

Matt Davis, 2011 Breakthrough Graduate
Danny Rosenfeld, 2012 Breakthrough Graduate
Tamsyn Reedus, 2013 Breakthrough Graduate
Mike Drouin, 2014 Breakthrough Graduate 
Natalie Galindez, 2015 Breakthrough Graduate 


Breakthrough Employers:

Sodexo, 2015 Breakthrough Employer 

Breakthough Businesses:

Sullivan, 2015 Breakthrough Business 

Breakthrough Philanthropist:

SunTrust & SunTrust Foundation

2015 Breakthrough Philanthropist

Breakthrough Volunteers:

Jacob Dudoit, 2015 Breakthrough Volunteer
Tamsyn Reedus, 2013 Breakthrough Graduate 

Pathways to Opportunity:

Dion Wiggins, March 2016 
Grant Hampton


SWFL MicroEnterprise Institute:

 Ashley Okerstrom, Culinary Training Graduate, June 2016
 Aleandra Di Cicco and Sebastian Mancera MicroEnterprise Graduates January 2016
Julie Pekrul - Volunteer MicroEnterprise Coach - Feb 2017


High School High Tech Program:

Lacesha Owens
Natalie Galindez


Job-Link Program and Services:

Alediana Cedillo
Annetta Gaddy
Bill Galik
Fernanda Geronimo
Jeanette Williams
Jessica Estrada


L.I.F.E. Academy Middle and High School:

Chris Walker
Brady Raulerson  

Raven Linares


Goodwill HUD Housing:

Rita Harmon


Trailways Camp:

Heather Getty


T.O.P. Jobs:

 Jennifer Glawe 


Goodwill Employees:

 Amy Ofenbeck 
 Kim Yape 

 Curtis Hicks


Florida ICE Sled Hockey:

        Tobias Thomas


More success stories are available in our Annual Reports.