Each year we choose 4 participants in our our programs to honor at the awards luncheon. This is never an easy task since we have so many deserving people nominated each year. This year's winners were Colette, Winifred, Abdela and Micheal. All the videos are below except for Abdela's; he is a refugee from Africa who is deaf and had no language skills before finding Goodwill. He asked that we not post his picture or video online.
Colette could have seen her unfortunate circumstances as a burden that wouldn't allow her to succeed, but through her own immense determination and a little help from Goodwill's Youth Career Development Program, she knows failure is not even an option. This young, inspiring woman has risen above abuse, unstable housing, and other obstacles to graduate from high school and plan for a bright future.
Winifred was looking to rejoin the workforce after caring for her ailing father for years. As an unemployed senior, Winifred didn't believe anyone would ever hire her because of her age. Not knowing what to do next, she found Goodwill's Career Connection Center which provided the support she needed to gain skills, confidence, and eventually a great job.
Michael Williams has come a long way from his days living without a home, without a job, without an advocate, or even a friend. He was living on the streets, addicted to drugs, and taking temporary jobs to sustain his habit. He didn't really think much further than meeting his needs for the day until help came in the form of a job at Goodwill. He hasn't looked back since.
Nearly 650 guests joined us this year in learning about the awardees amazing stories.
Cheryl Preheim of 9News was our talented emcee for the second year.
Students from four Denver schools collaborated on a performance about dignity and success.
The guy in this picture is a future rap star!
I couldn't have done this event without the help of my amazing work family!