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On May 2, 2017 at our Annual Awards Luncheon, we honored our Achiever, Employee, and Graduate of the Year: Connie Laney-Golden, Craig Hayes and Carlo Powell. They succeeded in our programs due to their determination and positive spirit. Their success is also due to the support of family, guardians and friends; job coaches and case managers; and partner organizations such as the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services and Tulsa Re-Entry.



Connie is writing a new chapter in her story. A childhood of loneliness, despair and low self-esteem led to life in the streets, and a trouble-ridden adulthood. Connie was a lost soul but she still believed she could do more in life. Through Tulsa Re-Entry and Goodwill TulsaWORKS Career Academy, she finally found programs that would allow her to better her life. 

Connie feels transformed. Once lost, she has found her calling with a front-desk job at a hotel and as a leader of women at a sober living home.

At the awards luncheon, Connie said she learned through Goodwill that "I am a woman of integrity."

Read more about Connie, our 2016 Achiever of the Year, in our Annual Report and watch her video.


Craig embraces his life despite being born with disabilities. His dedicated family helped Craig complete his schooling and graduate from high school. His job at Goodwill, and the training and support he received there, helped Craig increase his earnings and keep full-time employment.

Now, Craig is an enthusiastic team player and an asset to Goodwill's processing department. His dedication to his work led to personal accomplishments: moving into his apartment and buying his first vehicle. And he has more dreams to fulfill.

At the awards luncheon, Craig thanked all those who have helped him reach this point, stressing that "I do love my parents."

Read more about Craig, our 2016 Employee of the Year, in our Annual Report and watch his video.


Carlo has not let intellectual disabilities stop him from making the best of every day. When he moved to Oklahoma, he initially faced difficulty finding work that accommodated his need for a routine. So, Carlo turned to the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services who referred him to Goodwill's Supported Employment Program.  

With the help of his job coach, Carlo found an ideal job. They worked together daily, along with his employer, to develop a routine to fulfill his job duties. Carlo now works independently. He is also more self-sufficient, living in his own apartment and buying his own food and clothing. 

Carlo appreciates being a Goodwill award winner, but he shrugs off the attention believing that it is just a matter of doing a good job at work. 

Read more about Carlo, our 2016 Graduate of the Year, in our Annual Report and watch his video.


Goodwill also honored our Community Partner of the Year at the annual Awards Luncheon: 501tech





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