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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 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 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 4:42:58 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


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


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 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 Oct 20, 2017 2:33:19 PM


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 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, 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.

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