Giving Up Isn’t An Option: Briahnna Gray

    [fa icon="calendar'] Aug 18, 2018 8:00:00 AM / by Aisha Herring posted in The Excel Center, Education

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    Briahnna Gray graduated from The Excel Center® in Noblesville in February 2018. She graduated with a free job certification from The Excel Center with plans to earn an associate degree in physical therapy. At the graduation ceremony, Briahnna was honored with The Giver Award, which the school gives to students who are determined and inspiring. The award recipient was also a student speaker at her graduation ceremony and shared her journey with the community. Read her speech below:

    “My Name is Briahnna Gray, and I’d be lying to you if I stood up here and tried to make you believe that fairy tales are real, and this was the easiest journey I have ever experienced. If it was easy, I wouldn’t be here at The Excel Center on this day getting my high school diploma. But who am I to tell you that it wasn’t? Well, I’m walking proof. So sit tight in your chairs and open your ears because, boy do I have a story to tell you.

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    Referral Partner Spotlight-Donna Burks

    [fa icon="calendar'] Aug 13, 2018 7:00:00 PM / by Beverly Phillips posted in Community Partners, Nurse-Family Partnership, TalentSource, The Excel Center

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    Eskenazi Health is a champion of Goodwill’s NFP, evidenced by the fact that they made 851 referrals in 2017! Our partnership complements their own Healthy Families initiative, a free, community-based program that supports Marion County families with newborns.

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    Time to Shine: Camree Banks

    [fa icon="calendar'] Aug 10, 2018 8:00:00 AM / by Aisha Herring posted in The Excel Center, Education

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    Camree Banks graduated from The Excel Center® West in February 2018. Through her hard work and perseverance, she was able to overcome various obstacles. Her hard work paid off because she graduated Cum Laude and as a 21st Century Scholar. Camree plans to attend college in the fall to study photography, film and production. She shared her story at the graduation ceremony:

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    Former Receptionist Earns a College Degree and a Promotion at Goodwill

    [fa icon="calendar'] Aug 7, 2018 12:00:00 PM / by Jenny Kakasuleff posted in Employment, Success Story, Education, Goodwill Guides, McClelland Scholarship, ClickGoodwill, Retail

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    Former Refugee Earns High School Diploma, Pays It Forward

    [fa icon="calendar'] Jul 31, 2018 7:00:00 PM / by Jenny Kakasuleff posted in Success Story, The Excel Center, Education, Language Barrier, McClelland Scholarship

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    Pency Engmawii grew up with 11 siblings in a small Burmese village where education was difficult to acquire without wealth. Education is also approached differently in her home country.

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    High School Dropout with a Criminal History Beats the Odds

    [fa icon="calendar'] Jul 28, 2018 7:00:00 PM / by Jenny Kakasuleff posted in Employment, TalentSource, Success Story, The Excel Center, Education, Goodwill Guides, Criminal History, Retail

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    Celebrating Inclusion with Goodwill & the ADA

    [fa icon="calendar'] Jul 26, 2018 6:00:00 PM / by Beverly Phillips

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    July 26 marks the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a civil rights law that created protections for people with disabilities. The law comprehensively covers public accommodations, such as access to public buildings and government services, and also guarantees equal opportunity in the areas of employment, education, housing, even telecommunications and technology. People living with disabilities represent one of the largest minority populations in the U.S.

    Goodwill is a longtime champion when it comes to inclusion for the nearly 50 million Americans — one out of five people — living with a disability. We advocate, create, and support opportunities both within and outside the walls of our own organization. Approximately  19% of Hoosiers experience some level of disability.

    Here are some thoughts on the ADA from Betsy Delgado, Vice President of Mission and Education Initiatives:

    What was life like for people living with disabilities before the ADA?

    “The ADA really leveled the playing field. It afforded those with physical, intellectual or cognitive disabilities the opportunity to have fairer access to education, employment, housing, transportation and many other areas. The law is significant because all of those things make a difference in an individual’s ability to be independent — to have a productive and fulfilling life. The action word in Goodwill’s mission is ‘empowering.’ Through our many programs, including disability services, we create avenues for all people to lead independent lives and reach their highest potential. The ADA complements Goodwill’s mission across the organization.”

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    A First-Time Mom Manages It All

    [fa icon="calendar'] Jul 18, 2018 7:00:00 PM / by Jenny Kakasuleff posted in Employment, Nurse-Family Partnership, TalentSource, Success Story, Parents

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    A Second Chance at a Dream Career with Goodwill

    [fa icon="calendar'] Jul 14, 2018 7:00:00 AM / by Jenny Kakasuleff posted in Employment, Success Story, ClickGoodwill, Retail

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    Brian Russelburg’s journey from a United States Post Office worker to Goodwill’s art appraiser wasn’t the most direct, but when it comes to your dream career, it’s better late than never.

    At the age of 5, when most children are still mastering the art of doodling, Brian was drawing cartoon characters. At 10 years old, he became enthralled with a magazine his father gave him that was filled with iconic images from World War II and ended up building his own dark room for developing photos. His talents took him to the Herron School of Art in 1975, but his direction soon changed.

    “The United States Postal Service offered me $11 an hour to come work for them, which was equivalent to $30 an hour today,” Brian said. “I was young and thinking about my future. It was an offer I couldn’t refuse.”

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    Daughter Brings Hope to Recovering Mom

    [fa icon="calendar'] Jul 10, 2018 7:00:00 AM / by Beverly Phillips posted in Nurse-Family Partnership

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    Nurse-Family Partnership mom Christina, 29, credits her pregnancy, the birth of her daughter Kalea and the help of Goodwill’s Nurse-Family Partnership as reasons why she’s not another statistic.

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