Goodwill Celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month

    [fa icon="calendar'] Oct 15, 2021 1:00:00 PM / by Chris Borsch posted in Disability, Goodwill Commercial Services, #NDEAM

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    National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is an annual awareness campaign led by the U.S. Department of Labor.  Created in 1988, NDEAM is celebrated throughout the month of October to recognize people throughout our nation who are living and working with disabilities. 

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    Excel Center ‘Lights Fire’ to Mother’s Life

    [fa icon="calendar'] Jul 14, 2021 9:00:00 AM / by Kennedy Gallagher posted in Nurse-Family Partnership, Disability, Success Story, The Excel Center, Education, Parents

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    Sarah Verhines graduated from The Excel Center®, Goodwill’s high school for adults, in January 2020 at 26 years old while working full time and expecting her first child. Even though she was top 15 in her original high school class, circumstances beyond her control prevented her from graduating.

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    SCSEP Participant Uses Innovative Technology to Thrive

    [fa icon="calendar'] Nov 5, 2020 9:00:00 AM / by Jo Young posted in Disability, Success Story, Senior Community Service Employment Program

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    In 2015, James Hayes was diagnosed with a vision impairment called low-vision, caused by glaucoma and other deficiencies. At the onset of this diagnosis, James was employed by Indianapolis Public Schools but left due to the disease’s progression.

    As his vision continued to diminish, James learned to adapt to his new circumstance as best he could by working with other not-for-profit organizations that assisted those with vision impairments. One of those agencies referred him to the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) at Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana. 

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    Celebrating 10 Years of Employment at Goodwill

    [fa icon="calendar'] Oct 30, 2020 9:30:00 AM / by Jenny Kakasuleff posted in Employment, Disability, Success Story, Goodwill Commercial Services, #NDEAM

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    This year, Derrick Powe celebrates 10 years of employment at Goodwill, beginning as a groundskeeper and now working as a janitor for Goodwill Commercial Services.

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    Leadership Spotlight — Trelles Evans

    [fa icon="calendar'] Oct 27, 2020 9:00:00 AM / by Jenny Kakasuleff posted in Disability, Goodwill Commercial Services, New Beginnings, Disability Services, Criminal History, Leadership Spotlight

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    Trelles Evans, Director of Mission Advancement for Reentry and Disability Services at Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana, discusses her role and the people served by the programs she oversees.

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    Achieving Independence Through Employment

    [fa icon="calendar'] Oct 21, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Justin DeGuzman posted in Employment, Disability, Goodwill Commercial Services, #NDEAM

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    Corey Starks joined Goodwill Commercial Services nearly 11 years ago as a janitor, and within his first year of employment, he was promoted to backup Team Lead. Due to his success in this role, he secured a floater position that required him to learn many new job responsibilities. 

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    Building Confidence Through Employment

    [fa icon="calendar'] Oct 14, 2020 9:00:00 AM / by Justin DeGuzman posted in Employment, Disability, Goodwill Commercial Services, #NDEAM

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    When Shannon Parks joined Goodwill’s janitorial team 15 years ago, her primary responsibility was cleaning restrooms. Due to a learning disability, her reading and comprehension skills were at a third grade level, limiting her ability to advance in her employment. 

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    Chasing Goals and Achieving Excellence

    [fa icon="calendar'] Oct 1, 2020 12:15:00 PM / by Jenny Kakasuleff posted in Employment, Disability, Success Story, The Excel Center, Goodwill Commercial Services, Education, #NDEAM

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    (Photos taken prior to  the onset of COVID-19)

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    Twin Brothers Achieve Independence Through Employment at Goodwill

    [fa icon="calendar'] Aug 19, 2020 1:06:59 PM / by Jenny Kakasuleff posted in Employment, Disability, Success Story, Goodwill Guides, Disability Services, McClelland Scholarship, ClickGoodwill, Retail

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    Nearly half of 25-year-olds with autism have never had a paying job and only 16% of persons with autism ever live independently, so when twin brothers Andre and Austin Archer connected with Goodwill Disability Services in 2016 and said they were eager to do both, our team got to work. 

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    Celebrating Essential Workers with Disabilities

    [fa icon="calendar'] Jul 26, 2020 8:00:00 AM / by Nicole Wiese posted in Employment, Disability, Goodwill Commercial Services, Disability Services, Retail, #ADA30

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    Matt Easterday is a pillar of the Zionsville Kroger. Most of the regulars know him by name and are always appreciative of his expert bagging skills and positive attitude. 

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