SOURCE: Goodwill Industries International

May 08, 2007 07:00 ET

Phoenix Dad Is Working Again, Providing for His Family, Despite Lingering Effects From a Motocross Accident

Victor Quibas Named Goodwill's 2007 Graduate of the Year

ROCKVILLE, MD -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 8, 2007 -- Victor Quibas needed new job skills and his self-confidence back after a motocross accident left him using a wheel chair and learning to walk again. After eight years out of work, a fellow churchgoer suggested Goodwill as the place where he could get the training support to move on. Today Quibas has a good job, is no longer dependent on Social Security Disability Insurance, and is providing for his family. Due to his determination and commitment to help others, Victor Quibas is recognized as Goodwill Industries International's 2007 Graduate of the Year.

"Living through the injury was traumatic," says Quibas. "Not working was even harder. But the hardest thing was watching my family go without the simplest things, like eating out or watching a movie. It ultimately influenced me to get assistance in moving ahead."

Victor and a friend were practicing motocross racing when he lost control and headed toward a corner going nearly 50 miles per hour, kicking up mounds of dirt and flying off of the bike, landing more than 50 feet away. While waiting for the ambulance, he says, "It was the worst pain I had ever felt in my life." But Quibas says he also found himself wondering, "What am I going to do? How will I get to work?"

After a six-month hospital stay and many months of physical therapy, Quibas began to learn to walk again. In spite of his serious condition, his greatest concerns were always for the welfare of his family. He went to Goodwill Industries of Central Arizona (Phoenix) in July 2003, where he attended a Customer Service Representative and Computer Training class.

"Victor is determined to provide for his family and give back to the community," says George W. Kessinger, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. "Through Goodwill's customized training, he gained the skills and confidence to get a job and move up the career ladder."

In early 2004 Quibas found the job that perfectly matched his skills and preferences -- Communications Operator for the Pointe Hilton Resort in Phoenix. Two years later, he was promoted to Communications Supervisor, and he now oversees and trains new employees. Last year he was named the Pointe Hilton's "Employee of the Year."

As a volunteer member of the Phoenix Goodwill's Business Advisory Council, Quibas capitalizes on the many opportunities he has to share his personal experiences with others. "The people at Goodwill helped me to gain my self-confidence back," he says.

The Graduate of the Year award honors an outstanding person who has completed a Goodwill Industries career program and is now competitively employed by a non-Goodwill employer in his/her community.

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    Director, Media Relations
    Goodwill Industries International
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