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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!

Jamie Klinger-Krebs

Recent Posts

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

Dakota's Story - Working at the Library

Dakota exemplifies determination and perseverance. His interest in working in a library led to a unique and beneficial opportunity, to share his love of books while working at the Waterford Public Library. Dakota continues to receive job training from Goodwill, as he learns new responsibilities and gains more confidence.

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.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Mar 26, 2019 3:35:02 PM

Volunteering Time and Talents—Men’s Bistro Club

For participants in Goodwill’s Day Services programs, success is often measured in developing the confidence and independence needed to lead more productive and active lives in the community.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Mar 26, 2019 3:22:57 PM

Beth

If you stop by Wags & Barks in Slinger, WI you can see Beth cleaning the facility and talking and singing to the dogs. According to owner Debbie S., “The place has never looked so clean!”

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Mar 26, 2019 3:18:34 PM

Stephen

After Stephen graduated from high school and started college, he wanted to find a job that could fit into his schedule. To get Stephen started, his Division of Vocation Rehabilitation (DVR) counselor referred him to Goodwill’s Workforce Development team through the Alternative Workforce Supplier Program (AWSP), a unique employment partnership with the largest e-commerce sortation facility in Kenosha.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Feb 28, 2019 12:32:48 PM

Robert

Robert is a donation attendant and utility worker at the Goodwill Store & Donation Center in Downers Grove, whose story epitomizes the courage and determination needed to overcome obstacles and barriers. In this video see how Robert achieved his goal of learning how to read with the help and encouragement of his store manager and Goodwill Way Guide.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Feb 1, 2019 3:55:00 PM

Smiling Faces

When you walk through the doors of Wellspring, an independently operated rehabilitation and skilled nursing center in Milwaukee, it’s apparent that it’s a happy place to work and a happy place to stay. And making sure it remains that way are Nara F. (shown right) and DezRay (shown below).

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Oct 25, 2018 3:34:17 PM

Roosevelt

After serving in the U.S. Navy as a much younger man, Roosevelt had fallen on hard times later in life and was nearing retirement age with no job, no savings and no hope.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Oct 25, 2018 3:31:54 PM

Rebekah

Rebekah was not always the exuberant and confident young woman we know today. With the challenges of a developmental disability and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), along with knowing that the services that she received in high school wouldn’t follow her after graduation, Rebekah was unsure of her path.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Oct 25, 2018 3:29:24 PM

Michael

When the Goodwill Workforce Connection Center needed to recruit a new employee to help job seekers find employment, they found exactly what they were looking for in Michael. A young man with a developmental disability and speech impairment, Michael was already a part of the Goodwill family, having been involved with Goodwill’s EmpowerOne program.

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