Anthony became involved with Goodwill services in April 2017 after a referral from the Linn County Drug Treatment Program. Anthony had many entry-level positions over the years, including work at fast food restaurants, convenience stores and hands-on work in flooring, asbestos removal and screen printing.
After starting in Goodwill Contracts operations, there were periods of ups and downs for Anthony as he worked with the team, but he remained motivated. Anthony began to seriously apply the new skills he was learning and he showed more focus in his work. Anthony completed the Fork Lift Certification Course offered by Goodwill to enhance his skill set. As his time in Contracts was nearing conclusion, Anthony applied for several jobs. He eventually got an interview and was hired by ReVosWel making trusses. Anthony remains there today where he enjoys both the work he is doing and the pay that comes from it.
While learning how to be successful in the work environment, Anthony continued to overcome his long history of substance abuse. Anthony began using illegal substances when he was only 12 years old and the habit controlled his life for many years and prevented him from maintaining employment. Anthony has been clean and sober since December 19th, 2016. Anthony participated in the Linn County Drug Treatment Program where he attended treatment sessions and followed through on the rules, expectations and accountability required of the program.
Anthony also followed through on the commitment he made to participation in Goodwill services which helped him to make positive changes in his life. Today, Anthony is focusing on finding healthy ways to deal with the stresses of everyday life. Upon his graduation from the Linn County Drug Treatment Program, Anthony will benefit from the removal of the charges from his record which will offer him a clean slate to move forward with his life.