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Success Stories

Danny Brewster, 2009 Achiever of the YearIn 2016, Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida helped more than 30,000 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:

Fernanda Geronimo, 2016 Chet Perry Breakthrough Achiever
Jessica Estrada, 2015 Breakthough Achiever
Jennifer Glawe, 2014 Chet Perry Breakthrough Achiever
Mark Peirce, 2013 Chet Perry Breakthrough Achiever 
Jean Edmond, 2012 Breakthrough Achiever
Justin Winings, 2011 Breakthrough Graduate

Breakthrough Graduates:

Alexis Poore, 2016 Breakthrough Graduate
Natalie Galindez, 2015 Breakthrough Graduate
Mike Drouin, 2014 Breakthrough Graduate 

Mike Drouin, 2014 Breakthrough Graduate 

Tamsyn Reedus, 2013 Breakthrough Graduate
Danny Rosenfeld, 2012 Breakthrough Graduate
Matt Davis, 2011 Breakthrough Graduate

Breakthrough Employers:

Randy's Garage Inc., 2016 Breakthrough Employer

Sodexo, 2015 Breakthrough Employer

Breakthough Businesses:

MANCAN, 2016 Breakthough Business
Sullivan, 2015 Breakthrough Business

Breakthrough Philanthropist:

SunTrust & SunTrust Foundation

2015 Breakthrough Philanthropist

Breakthrough Volunteers:

Lydia Christie, 2016 Volunteer of the Year

Jacob Dudoit, 2015 Breakthrough Volunteer

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
Gregg Kearns


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.