Darius didn’t think he would graduate high school. He grew up in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward, one of the areas most devastated by Hurricane Katrina, before moving to Omaha. Growing up severely disadvantaged, Darius said it was difficult to think about completing high school, building a career, or going to college when he had to worry about staying safe on the streets and making money to survive. On his 17th birthday, Darius was shot.
Goodwill Omaha’s retail stores fund job training and placement services to help people with disabilities and other barriers discover independence, realize their maximum potential, and succeed in life.