Houston Man Finds Career Success through Goodwill® Connections

Style Magazine Newswire | 5/9/2013, 9:59 p.m. | Updated on 5/9/2013, 9:59 p.m.
Tyres Dickson had just started a promising college football career with the University of Texas (UT) Longhorns when a drunk ...
Tyres Dickson

Tyres Dickson had just started a promising college football career with the University of Texas (UT) Longhorns when a drunk driver changed the course of his life. An accident left him paralyzed from the chest down but, with Goodwill’s help, he developed skills that earned him a job that focuses on his abilities and not his disability. Goodwill Industries International recently named Dickson its 2013 Achiever of the Year for his efforts to redefine what makes a successful work life. After the accident, Dickson spent 18 months of recovery in the hospital and eight months learning life skills to deal with limited mobility. He then re-enrolled at UT to continue his education, but was unable to attend classes due to difficulties related to his paralysis and he moved back to Houston, TX, to live with his mother. Compensation from the accident allowed him to pursue his own audio and sound mixing business, but the theft of his audio equipment in December 2008 left him without the means to earn a paycheck. Dick Taylor, a UT alum and football booster who’d met Dickson almost a decade earlier, heard about the theft. Taylor was a friend of Steve Lufburrow, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Houston (TX), and called him immediately and set up a meeting between Dickson and the CEO.

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