Cynthia Chaney: A Goodwill Works Success Story
Cynthia Chaney knows the importance of setting goals. Following years of addiction and unemployment living with a friend in Killeen, Texas, Cynthia hit rock bottom in June 2018 and attempted suicide. Following this, Cynthia’s mother picked her up from the hospital and brought her back home to Mansfield.
Cynthia was determined to find a new start with help from community resources and entered a Fort Worth drug rehabilitation facility in September 2018. After transitioning from drug rehabilitation services to the Salvation Army night shelter, Cynthia was referred to Goodwill Works, a job search and placement program for individuals experiencing homelessness, at True Worth Place.
Through Goodwill Works, Cynthia received job readiness and digital skills training and worked with her case manager to begin the job application process. She knew in order to take the next step she would need a job, an apartment and mode of transportation. In January 2019, she applied for a janitorial position at Goodwill Fort Worth’s Campus Drive Headquarters and was hired on later that month. Cynthia celebrated her first year of employment at Goodwill earlier this year, and has now accomplished all three of her goals including living in her own apartment and driving her own car. She says that the Goodwill Works team played a huge role in helping her succeed and in building her confidence.