When Vincent Miller walked into the Goodwill Job Connection in Lincolnton, he had a number of things working against him.
First of all, there was his driving while impaired arrest.
â€œBad mistake â€“ 20, drinking, not good,â€ he said.
Then there was his past, which included an unplanned trip across the United States and â€œgetting into some trouble.â€
By time the 23-year-old Pittsburgh native found himself living with his relocated parents on a farm in Vale, he was jobless with no car.
â€œI was stuck on a scooter and limited to this town,â€ Miller said. â€œIt was slim pickings.â€
Nora McIntyre, career development specialist at Job Connection, however, liked what she saw.
â€œHe was very eager to go to work,â€ she said. â€œHe was ready to go.â€
And so, while others refused to hire someone with an arrest record, McIntyre helped Miller get a job at the Goodwill in Lincolnton. He started in February.
Now, heâ€™s a model employee, and the work he does helps fund the organization that helped him get the job.
â€œHeâ€™s excellent â€“ over the top,â€ said Charlotte Williamson, assistant manager of the Lincolnton Goodwill location. â€œHe just comes in wound up, and he winds tighter as the day goes on.â€
Miller, who works as a donation processor, lugs donations into the Goodwill storeroom, places them in bins and takes them inside the store.
He credits â€œsobriety and a little growing upâ€ with his success.
â€œYou can have fun while having stability,â€ he said. â€œYou just have to plan things more.â€
A city boy at heart, there are things about living in the country and working in a small town that mystify him (including wild turkeys and the loss of Lincolntonâ€™s only bowling alley).
But he enjoys his work and the friendships heâ€™s made with coworkers and customers.
â€œMy day flies by,â€ he said. â€œI get here, and the next thing I know, Iâ€™m like â€˜Whereâ€™d my day go?â€™â€
For more information on Goodwill Industries Job Connection call (704) 732-6844.
by Sarah Grano