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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 Goodwill Staff on Mar 7, 2020 12:57:49 PM

George

For years, Goodwill’s Workforce Connection Center in North Riverside, Illinois has helped people in their community find jobs.

Recently, staff at this location worked with a client named George who has struggled to find employment due to mental health issues.

Posted by Goodwill Staff on Jan 7, 2020 1:42:39 PM

Sandrae

Sandrae is a smart, hardworking young woman who felt hopeless going from job to job with no real sense of satisfaction.

Posted by Goodwill Staff on Jan 3, 2020 3:24:44 PM

Molly

Meet Molly - a fun, active and social young woman who attends Goodwill’s Waukesha Day Services program.

Posted by Goodwill Staff on Dec 16, 2019 11:07:43 AM

Luis

Goodwill launched EmpowerOne in 2017, with a goal to provide a network of services that would allow individuals with disabilities to follow their own path to employment in the community.

Posted by Jenny Nelson on Nov 18, 2019 9:25:31 AM

Daane

Daane Hoffman enlisted in January of 1999. Before getting orders to Naval Station 32nd Street in San Diego, he completed his basic training and Radioman A-school at Naval Station Great Lakes. Now 20 years later, Daane has returned to the base, but this time as an employee of Goodwill.

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

Tiffany

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 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 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.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Nov 18, 2016 2:02:27 PM

Shantrese

Shantrese has been a part of the Goodwill family for many years but her path to employment and independence hasn’t always been so easy. Having grown up in Alabama with a learning disability and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Shantrese moved to Milwaukee only to experience family tragedy after her brother was shot and killed as a result of neighborhood violence.

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Nov 18, 2016 1:58:58 PM

Bridget


Bridget is a bright and capable woman with an Associate’s Degree in Business Technology, who also happens to be deaf. When faced with the challenges of communication, Bridget uses American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate and English as a second language.

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