Christopher Bowen: A Goodwill Works Success Story
Christopher Bowen is a United States Army veteran with 18 years of military service. Following his years of service, Christopher faced PTSD, unemployment and limited resources which led to a financial situation that left him homeless. To get back on his feet, he took up residence at MHMR’s Liberty House, a safe haven for homeless veterans faced with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and substance dependency.
While staying at Liberty House, Christopher enrolled in the Goodwill Works program, a job training and placement program for individuals experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless. He began working closely with a Goodwill intake professional, trainer, case manager and business developer to get him interview ready, and to look for prospective jobs.
The Goodwill Works team carefully listened to each of Christopher’s concerns and developed a plan of action for finding job leads geared toward his background in child and veteran community service. Enrolled in Goodwill’s partnership with Indeed, Christopher was given leads that were oriented for veterans and valued the skills that he brought to the table.
While applying for jobs online, Christopher opted to attend a Goodwill job fair where he was offered a position as a retail team member at the Goodwill Outlet. After just two weeks on the job, the CDL Professional Truck Driver Training Manager, a fellow veteran, reached out to Christopher to interview for an open position as a recruiter for the North Texas Institute for Career Development. A week after his virtual interview, Christopher was offered the position in Goodwill’s Workforce Development department.
Christopher is grateful for the assistance and support he has received from the Goodwill Works team, HR department and fellow veterans at Goodwill North Central Texas. Since joining the Goodwill family, Christopher has moved out of transitional housing and wants to continue to do community service outside of work to inspire other individuals who have fallen on hard times.