Costa Rican villagers recieve medical equipment thanks to USA mission trip

During Christmas break 2017, about 40 individuals (mostly University of South Alabama Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and medical students) traveled to Costa Rica on a medical mission trip. These missionaries carried with them about 50 assistive devices donated by the Goodwill Easterseals “We Share” medical equipment project. Devices such as canes, crutches, walkers and various knee/ankle/wrist braces were given to local villagers. Working through local churches and tribal authorities, the group set up four clinics where villagers received treatment and therapy from students. If needed, villagers were given appropriate devices and instructed on how to wear and use them. Goodwill Easterseals has supported this group’s annual mission trips for several years and expects to continue. The Goodwill Easterseals “We Share” medical project not only impacts the lives of our Gulf Coast communities, but all around the world.

From Addiction to Employment: Dessa’s Story

Dessa Beasley came to Goodwill Easterseals looking for answers. Instead of telling you her story, Dessa shares how her life had become shattered and how she pieced it all back together:

“The first thing I want to say to you about my life is that GOD GETS ALL THE THANKS!!  You see, I was on drugs for 30 years.  I was so blind I couldn’t see what I was doing.  I was homeless, I stole, I lied, I manipulated until I became so sick of myself that I had to do something.  I even got diagnosed with cancer, and I didn’t know I could get any lower.

“I went to Salvation Army to get help with my addiction and began living at the Family Haven there.  They introduced me to a bunch of beautiful women at Goodwill Easterseals who have been there for me and put me back on my feet.  I was sent to computer classes to update my skills.  I was taught how to use a bank account, and I was given a training job at the Salvation Army where I was living to practice my work skills.  I did everything Goodwill Easterseals told me to do.  In the end, the Salvation Army hired me to take care of the families who live there.

“I learned I do not have to be alone—Goodwill Easterseals was there for me when I needed them to move forward in my life.  Now I have money in the bank, money in my pocket, and I am no longer giving every thin dime I have to the drug dealer.  I have a job and my life means something.  I am even cancer free!  I have been given a chance and hope for the future.  This could not have happened without the grace of God and the help of Goodwill Easterseals to put me where I am today.”

We are so proud of you, Dessa! Her life is proof that people and communities working together can mean huge changes for someone in need of hope and success. Your support made Dessa’s life BETTER.