For several years Kirk Jones didn’t know how he would put food on the table at Thanksgiving or buy gifts for his children to put under the Christmas tree.
In November of 2002 his then employer in the telecom industry went through a strike that he thought would last a couple of days. It lasted six years! This left him without an income at the worst time of the year just as he and his family prepared for the holiday season.
He was used to working and being able to provide for his family, and now he was having a hard time finding a job. He bounced around for a few years through the unstable job market and just as he thought he had found something sustainable, the small company that he was with laid him off.
It was at this time that he heard about Goodwill’s GoodTech Academy. He completed the 10-week IT training course and Goodwill helped to find him a good job with a local software company – that was about a year ago and he’s telling everyone he knows “I AM Goodwill” and proud of it.