Jacobi grew up in a home filled with love. He did well in school and excelled in sports—so much so that he earned a college football scholarship. His days on the football field, however, were short-lived. After he began smoking marijuana, he dropped out of college and moved home. Jacobi calls that time in his life his “biggest regret.” One day a friend introduced him to cocaine, which led to meth and pills. As a result, he fell into a horrible addiction that would last for the next 15 years. After several stints behind bars, his family cut him off. That was when vowed to make a change.
Upon his release from prison, Jacobi discovered no one wanted to hire him because of his record. A family member recommended he check out Goodwill. He interviewed for a job as a donation attendant and was hired. He knew this was the opportunity he needed to prove himself. Over the next five years he received several promotions and today manages key aspects of Goodwill outlet operations. In addition to his busy work schedule, he is also working towards a degree in Logistics and Transportation Management online at the University of Houston. He credits his family, God, and Goodwill for helping him to become a better man.