Gina Casteal is a single mother of four with a GED and a criminal record.
Because of these three barriers to employment, when the bank foreclosed on her house, Gina and her children became homeless.
“Before Goodwill, I was at a hopeless state,” she said. “I felt like I was letting [my children] down.”
At that time, Gina was more interested in finding a paying job than going back to school, but with the encouragement of her stepfather, she enrolled in Goodwill’s North Texas Institute as part of their CDL (commercial drivers license) training program.
Gina was the only woman in her class and had never driven a manual transmission before enrolling, but that didn’t stop her. After graduating, Gina applied for a position at Goodwill, where she now works transporting donated goods to and from donation centers, the warehouse, and area Goodwill stores.
“Goodwill took a chance on me and believed in me. I went from the classroom to a paycheck and it has changed my life. Now that I am an employee of Goodwill, it is my turn to give back. Everyone here is a success story and it is amazing and empowering.”
Gina credits Goodwill with her success and her future possibilities.
“Goodwill helped me through school, get a job, and provide a home for my kids,” she said. “I can look my kids in the eye again and they are so proud of me.”