Oregon woman recognized by Goodwill

July 31, 2017 by  

Tieausha Thomas of Salem, Oregon was recently recognized by Goodwill Industries International as 2017 Kenneth Shaw Graduate of the Year.

Thomas was born into a family of five with a single mother. She struggled through life as she bounced around through several foster homes, and her difficulties eventually led her to the Goodwill Job Connection Center in Oregon, which she credits for the major change in her life.

The Job Connection Center quickly gave her a position at Wells Fargo where she was recognized as a top teller along with 19 other people.

The Communications and Digital Content Manager for the Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette, Stacy Larsen, commented on Thomas’s story:

“Tieausha is an inspiring example of how one person’s strength and resilience can break a generational cycle of violence and addiction. Her tenacious spirit triumphed over oppressive disadvantages.”

Thomas was recognized by Goodwill at the Shining Stars Banquet on June 27 in Louisville, Kentucky. Tieausha talked about her experience at the banquet, saying:

“That was my first time speaking in front of that big of a group. I told them about my background and how I grew up, and what brought me to Goodwill.”

Thomas’s full story can be seen on the Goodwill blog. To learn more about Goodwill’s Job Connection Program or to get resources such as flyers and schedules, visit the Goodwill Job Connection website.