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Sue DiPiazza: A Journey of Growth and Service

by Carolann Verrioli

Sue DiPiazza, who is retiring from long and successful career at Goodwill of the Finger Lakes this year!

Here at Goodwill of the Finger Lakes, Sue DiPiazza has been dedicating herself to the service of others for nearly two decades. As she approaches her well-deserved retirement this year, Sue reflects on her remarkable journey, and the transformative impact of organizations like Goodwill of the Finger Lakes.

A Challenging Start:

Sue's life took a turn in 2001 when she found herself arrested for drinking and driving. "I was incarcerated, but I was allowed bail and went to rehab." During this challenging period, Sue sought refuge at Bethany House, which provides temporary housing, assistance and support to women and children in Rochester, NY.

Turning Over a New Leaf:

Determined to rebuild her life, Sue returned to Monroe Community College (MCC). "I went back to MCC for food service administration," says Sue, "I walked over here and applied for the job at Goodwill." She was given the position and joined the Goodwill of the Finger Lakes team in July of 2003. This marked the beginning of her long and impactful career at the organization.

Saying Goodbye to Goodwill

As Sue bids farewell to her career at Goodwill of the Finger Lakes, her legacy serves as a testament to the transformative power of community support. When asked what Goodwill means to her, Sue says with tears in her eyes, "they gave me a chance." Sue's journey is not only a personal triumph but also a reminder that with the right support, individuals can overcome adversity and create positive change in their communities.

You can hear more about Sue's story and help celebrate her amazing career at Goodwill at our 2024 Goodwill Gala: Elevating Community. Empowering Connections. The Gala will be held on March 9th at the Hyatt Regency Rochester from 6 PM to 10 PM.


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