Tuesday, August 23, 2016

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up? Goodwill Success Story

For as long as we all can remember we’ve dreamed about what we would do “when we grew up”. This month’s Goodwill Success Story Spotlight has also been dreaming about this notion since she was a young girl. Her dreams were a little different than most of ours. She didn’t dream about being a nurse, teacher or actress; her dream seemed simple, to make the world a better place. This kind of a dream can lead someone down a very interesting path, as it did for Katie.


As unconventional as Katie’s path was, at 19 she decided to join the military. She left the South side of Chicago, her family and all she knew to be familiar. Her military career took her all over the world, and gave her experiences most only hear about in news reports. After an 8-year career, Katie’s dreams took another jog along her career path. She became an English teacher, and eventually a Disease Intervention Specialist for the state of Indiana.

Although these “jobs” were contributing to her dream of making the world a better place, she was feeling she hadn’t yet found that place where she belongs. Through her pursuits of finding that place she belongs - the proverbial path she was on took a dark turn.

In Katie’s words, “Perhaps my longing for fulfillment made me susceptible to suggestion. I was lost in the dark. I stumbled through the next few years suffering a greater loss with each tumble. I lost my spirit, my independence, my sanity, my family and, ultimately, my freedom.“ 

After a few short months of meeting a man who was disguised as a knight in shining armor, he convinced Katie her life was meaningless; that her family, children and society would be a better place if she was not a part of it. An unsuccessful suicide attempt took her back to a pseudo-life with this man that eventually ended with Katie outside of herself, looking in and seeing herself as someone with an addiction to meth.

Her addiction led to incarceration and again to questioning her life, her purpose and her dreams. In April of 2014, she was given a referral to Goodwill. She thought it was a referral for a job at a Goodwill store. She was unaware of the many programs Goodwill Industries of Michiana has to offer individuals just like her. Katie entered the 2nd Chance @ Work Program in September of 2014, and began working at the Mishawaka Community Career Center. A few months later, she became a facilitator for the Workforce Development Skills Training Program.

Katie’s Goodwill Case Manager, Omeria, was able to really listen to Katie’s story. She saw in her potential, her heart for wanting to make a difference, and her passion for bettering her life. According to Katie, “Sometimes you have to lose everything to find out what is really important. I feel I am where I belong right now. I am happy, and I have the good-will of Goodwill to thank for helping me get back on track.”

We are so proud of you, Katie...
you are fulfilling your dreams!
You are making an amazing difference in the world!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Find Your Style with FREE download!



Last week, you saw how Joni was able to figure out what her style was with her Ambush Style Makeover. We helped her think about what details in clothing and outfits she likes and matched that theme with her personality.

This is 'THE' thing that troubles so many women, and seems to be at the crux of the "I have a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear" syndrome. How do you match what you LIKE in outfits, with clothing that really shows who you are? So many times our closet is filled with pieces we really don't like, or pieces that don't reflect who we are.

Why does this happen?  Well, I believe it is because as life goes on and changes, our shopping habits don't change...but our taste in things does (and dare I say our personality changes as we mature). If we always seem to buy black pants and white tops, it's hard for us to see (let alone try-on) anything but black pants and white tops. Defining WHAT you like is a good step in the right direction in helping you to notice all of the other options when you shop.

Seems easy enough, doesn't it?  Well to help make it even easier for you, I'm offering a FREE download quiz that will help you FIND YOUR STYLE! Just click HERE to download your printable Style Quiz.

Let us know what YOUR style is!

p.s. Remember to take those things out of your closet that aren't your style and donate them to your local Goodwill Store!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Ambush Style Makeover Winner - Joni!

Personal style is a funny thing. Once we think we have it all figured out, it changes. Why?

According to our Fashion Guru, Kathy Friend - wardrobe stylist and image consultant, it is because we (as women) are always changing! Our personal style is simply an outward look at who we are as individuals. Our clothes tell the story of who we are. As our lives change, our story changes. For so many of us, our story and the image of our story (our clothes) don't always match.

This is that fork-in-the road our first winner of the Goodwill Ambush Style Makeover found herself. See Joni's story below, and her amazing style transformation!


Monday, June 20, 2016

5 Trends Hotter than the Summer Sun

 
Fringe is In

This summer is all about fun in the sun, so add some fun textures to your wardrobe with fringe details. Go for a bold look with a heavily fringed top or add some subtle fringe with tassels dangling from your jewelry.

This look can also be an easy DIY. Find a great sweater or vest at your local Goodwill store, then add a few yards of fringe (found at any craft store), and instant style!





America, the Beautiful

With Fourth of July celebrations just around the corner, it’s time to bring out your stars and stripes! Go all out with a star spangled tank-top or add a flag detail to your favorite denim jacket.








Say Aloha!

Floral prints aren’t just for spring. Brighten up your look with bold hibiscus and tropical palm tree prints. 

Hawaiian print shirts are a great treasure that you are sure to find at your local Goodwill stores. Consider purchasing a men's large camp-style shirt in a great print and turning it into a skirt dress!

And yes, gentlemen, the Hawaiian shirt is back in style!

  
Relax, Take it Easy



Bring out the palazzo pants and relaxed trousers, summer is all about taking it easy. 

This is a great trend on those hot summer days. Stay cool and comfortable with looser, airy garments and lightweight materials.

 
Mix and Match

When it comes to prints, don’t be afraid to mix and match. Summer is about having fun, so have some fun with your wardrobe! Find new outfit combinations you might not have considered before...and what better way to experiment with this daring trend than with great finds at Goodwill!








Whatever your style is this summer, be sure to check out Goodwill for the latest in trends and of course, AMAZING finds! 

    ...and Haleigh!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Enter to Win Ambush Makeover

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WE ARE LOOKING FOR OUR NEXT AMBUSH MAKEOVER WINNER!

It's that time again! We are looking to find someone who would love some help with their style with our Goodwill Ambush Makeover team! 

The winner will get a few hours of personalized style advice with our Fashion Guru, Kathy Friend and her team of style experts. Then they will go with you to either a local Goodwill store to choose an outfit, or you MIGHT be chosen for a VIP experience in the fashion show room at the Goodwill corporate office!

Does this sound like something you would love to experience? 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

LAST Model Call for South Bend LBD is March 31

The LAST Model Call is tomorrow!

Thursday, March 31st from 5 pm - 6:30 pm at the Goodwill store located on E. Ireland Road in South Bend.

We are looking for female models that are at least 18 years old, between the sizes of: 0-24+

As a reminder, all who are interested MUST attend one of these open calls. Those chosen to be in the show will be notified by (approx.) April 10 at the latest.

See the flyer for more details!

Monday, March 28, 2016

First Model Call for South Bend LBD Fashion Show is March 30

The FIRST Model Call is just a few days away!

Wednesday, March 30th from 5pm - 7pm at the Goodwill store located on SR 23 in Granger, IN.

We are looking for female models that are at least 18 years old, between the sizes of: 0-24+

As a reminder, all who are interested MUST attend one of these open calls. Those chosen to be in the show will be notified by (approx.) April 10 at the latest.

See the flyer for more details!