A man inspires customers at Gulfstream Goodwill Industries in West Palm Beach
Branden Cross works at Gulfstream Goodwill Industries in West Palm Beach.
There he shows customers how to print on T-shirts. The organization offers programs for adults with developmental disabilities. Before working at the printing press, Cross worked in construction until tragedy struck.
“Three years ago I got caught in a drive-by and was an innocent bystander,” he said. “From then on, my life just kept falling apart, because I wasn’t able to work, I wasn’t able to pay my bills.”
The shooting left him paralyzed and he became homeless.
“I ended up being homeless in my car for about three or four months, until I got into the Gulfstream Goodwill program,” Cross said. “Thanks to them, my success rate has increased.”
He now has a job helping others in the printing business have a better future and showing them that you can overcome challenges.
“Keeping a cool head and knowing I still have my life ahead of me and I still have kids, so I try not to stay depressed for long,” Cross said. “You can’t let a single moment in your life determine the outcome of the rest of your life.”
Domenick Macri, vice president of philanthropic development at Gulfstream Goodwill Industries, says Cross makes a difference in the lives of others.
“So it’s with adults with intellectual disabilities that we try to train, not just on life skills,” Macri said, “but on-the-job training to get job skills so that they get paid while they work here, but also get out into the community.”
“I’m in a chair and always making things happen. Cooking, cleaning, whatever needs to be done, so if I can do it, you can,” Cross said.
For more information about Gulfstream Goodwill Industries, please call 561-848-7200 or email [email protected]
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