Category: Student Story

“This place is life-changing”

Grace and her “angels,” at the 2019 Fall Reception

Karlena Todd, Health Literacy Navigator, Grace, and Maddy Heil, Adult Learning Services Navigator

Christella “Grace” Ruuska, by Maddy Heil

In January of 2019, Grace began coming to The Reading Center at Goodwill after working one-on-one with a tutor. She wanted to improve her literacy skills and to eventually obtain her GED. Grace also had goals of improving her self-confidence, increasing her ability to be independent, and to become more aware of what being healthy means. Though she has faced obstacles, Grace has worked vigorously to achieve these goals and has maintained a positive attitude.

Anthony’s Story

“In the world today, there are a lot people like me that need help. They might not say it, they might be scared to ask for it, but I’m one of them, I’m a living example.”