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Goodwill Mission Stories

At Goodwill we strive to meet the needs of the communities we serve through the Power of Work. Our mission has remained strong for 100 years and without you, it simply wouldn't be possible. Thank you for supporting our mission!

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Jun 25, 2019 2:40:50 PM

Crystal's Story

Crystal was a young teen mother when she began working at Goodwill. Faced with the challenges of a baby to care for, her job attendance began to suffer. After talking with the Goodwill management team, Crystal focused on how to improve her situation and entered Goodwill's Career Path program.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Jun 25, 2019 2:33:54 PM

Ron's Story

For Ron, working at Goodwill is the best job he's ever had. He's seen first-hand how Goodwill saves lives. As a Director of Goodwill's Supply Chain, Ron oversees an operation of 75 people, and each person has a story to share. For some it's about transformation, for others it means overcoming hardships as well as gaining dignity and independence.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Jun 11, 2019 11:47:29 AM


Barriers to employment can take many forms. For some, child care or transportation issues can make it difficult to find or keep a job. For others, it may be a language or literacy issue. Serving people with disadvantages is a part of the Goodwill mission, and Keishla is an example of what happens when barriers are broken.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Jun 11, 2019 11:34:16 AM


It takes a truly remarkable person to turn the pain of a devastating accident into a lifetime of advocating for others and working toward finding a cure for paralysis. That person is Bryon Riesch.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Jun 11, 2019 11:31:50 AM


Before coming to Goodwill, Creighton and his family were uncertain where his life was heading due to his intellectual disability. Through the Power of Work, Creighton is a shining example of how meaningful work has transformed his life. 

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on May 23, 2019 12:12:44 PM

King's Story

King participated in Goodwill's Project SEARCH internship program. He now works at Home Depot where he continues to inspire customers and coworkers with his positive attitude.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on May 23, 2019 11:56:15 AM

Gail's Story

As a single mother with three special needs children, Gail found success at Goodwill and overcame a number of challenges. She now has confidence in herself and a job she loves.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on May 15, 2019 4:02:13 PM

Tiffany's Story

For someone with a criminal background, finding a path to work can be difficult. Getting an employer to take a chance is often one of the biggest barriers. For Tiffany, work was the way to independence, but the path was not easy.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Apr 10, 2019 3:45:25 PM

Willie's Story

Willie is proof that you can change the path of your life and not allow a past criminal record to determine what you can achieve. As Willie shares, “I’m not defined by one bad  act,  or one good act. It all defines who I am.” Goodwill has helped Willie with that journey.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Apr 8, 2019 4:49:50 PM

Anthony's Story - Soaring to New Heights

Anthony shares his inspiring story of overcoming barriers and excelling at his new job at the Milwaukee's International General Mitchell Airport. Prior to his new position, Anthony was among the first inaugural group of Project Search interns in 2018.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Apr 8, 2019 4:42:58 PM


We all go through life hoping to find our dream job, and if we're lucky, we might just find it. Dakota, a young man with autism and a cognitive disability, found his dream job through the Power of Work.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Apr 8, 2019 4:34:54 PM

Debra's Story - Working at the YMCA

Meet Debra. She's an inspiration to everyone she greets and works with at the YMCA.

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