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Career Path Continues to Evolve for 2016 Award Winner

October 19, 2017

Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland & East Central Ohio, Inc. (“Goodwill”), in an update on a remarkable Goodwill participant, is proud to share that Sam Huff, Goodwill’s 2016 Graduate of the Year, is fulfilling his dream of self-sufficiency through meaningful employment.  

Sam was referred to Goodwill by the Department of Veterans Affairs - after his service was complete, he needed help with the “soft skills” necessary to get and keep a good job. Things like getting along with others in a workplace setting; keeping an appropriate professional appearance; and seeing stressful situations as opportunities, not obstacles. These skills are among those taught in a Goodwill program called Work Adjustment, in which Goodwill staff and the job seeker set vocational goals, assess skills and establish strategies for improvement.

“He built confidence here, and friendship…that’s what we do here; we meet people where they’re at, and we just build them up,” said Tanya Clift, then Program Specialist for Goodwill, who worked directly with Sam.

In Sam’s case, he gained the training and determination to pursue a career in trucking, and now he’s employed full time for a large food purveyor. Sam travels all over Ohio, while still enjoying quality time with his son – his true inspiration.


The local Goodwill, Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio, Inc., (“Goodwill”) is a nearly 100-year old social enterprise that works closely with other non-profit agencies as well as community businesses to prepare people for a variety of stable career options and in turn, a more productive and sustainable way of life. Revenue from its retail stores helps Goodwill provide people with the life changing, skill-building programs and services needed to remove common barriers to good jobs.  In 2016, Goodwill impacted the lives of 14,438  residents in the 10 counties it serves: Cuyahoga, Geauga, part of Lake, Stark, Tuscarawas, Carroll, Jefferson, and Harrison in Ohio, and Brooke and Hancock in West Virginia. Learn more at