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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 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.

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

Theresa

Before coming to Goodwill, Theresa would describe herself as financially, spiritually and emotionally bankrupt. After spending 25 years in and out of jail, with a total of nine incarcerations, Theresa knew that the road to a better life was going to be long, and she wasn’t sure where to start. She didn't think anyone would give her a job or a second chance.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Oct 20, 2017 2:45:53 PM

Mirabel

Faced with poverty and limited career options, Mirabel left her home in the Republic of Cameroon in West Africa, with only her faith and hope for a better life for her family. Mirabel arrived in the United States with her husband in 2016 on a visa, as a part of the U.S. Department of State Diversity Lottery. Upon arrival in the United States, finding employment was her number one priority. With communications challenges and little time to adjust to life on a new continent, Mirabel was uncertain where to turn.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Oct 20, 2017 2:33:19 PM

Christine

With gang violence and crime in her neighborhood, Christine knows the importance of making good choices, given the harsh realities of the world around her. Having lost a brother to a brain aneurism and with a second brother estranged from the family due to alcohol, Christine relies on the support and encouragement of her mother and father to seek out better options.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Oct 20, 2017 2:20:07 PM

Delaney

Delaney wasn’t always the strong, independent woman she is today. After graduating from high school in inner-city Chicago, she was eager to start her first year of college but quickly dropped out after substance abuse problems took control of her life.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Jul 10, 2017 5:48:06 PM

Mike

Mike, a young man with Down syndrome, knows first-hand the importance of having a job, and the sense of pride and responsibility it creates, especially when your family is depending on you for financial support. While living in a challenging family situation, Mike came to Goodwill through the Work Services program for on-the-job training and classroom instruction while being encouraged to strengthen his social and teamwork skills in a supportive environment.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Nov 18, 2016 2:07:07 PM

Tommy

When you aren’t sure which road to take, having someone to guide you can make all the difference. Goodwill provided the pathway, but it was Tommy who had the drive and passion to succeed.

Due to a physical disability with his hand, Tommy was sometimes bullied by his peers and suffered from depression, which led him to inflict injury upon himself. With the guidance of family and a Milwaukee Public School psychologist, Tommy began to open up about his feelings and apply himself to his studies.

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