Steps to Success Program Kick-Starts a New Life for Goodwill Employee

    [fa icon="calendar'] Jul 2, 2021 8:30:00 AM / by Kennedy Gallagher posted in Employment, Success Story, Goodwill Commercial Services, Former Addiction, Mission Awareness

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    Rocky Nolen is a Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana employee who currently works as part of the janitorial team at the Army Reserves on 96th street in Indianapolis. As a member of the Indiana Army Reserves from 1978-1986, this role is perfect for him. Rocky has overcome several obstacles since the start of his journey with Goodwill, including drug addiction, experiencing homelessness and hospitalization due to a coma. Today though, Rocky is able to support a healthy, beautiful family thanks to his drive to overcome life’s challenges and a training program he learned about in 2005. 

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    Doing the Most with Second Chances

    [fa icon="calendar'] Apr 30, 2021 9:00:00 AM / by Jenny Kakasuleff posted in Employment, Success Story, Goodwill Commercial Services, Criminal History, McClelland Scholarship, Mission Awareness

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    When Teresa Smith joined Goodwill Commercial Services in 2009, she was re-entering society and the workforce after a period of incarceration. Her history with the criminal justice system made it difficult to secure a job, but she approached the opportunity at Goodwill with a focus on improving her professional skills and rebuilding her life. 

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    Determination and Drive | Audrey’s Story

    [fa icon="calendar'] Feb 26, 2021 10:45:00 AM / by Nathan Miller posted in Employment, Success Story, Goodwill Guides, Mission Awareness

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    I met Audrey McPherson a little over four years ago when she was working as a textile producer at our retail location in Castleton. Audrey had recently been released from incarceration and felt her options were limited. She did not see a future for herself and was unable to visualize a path forward. 

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    Creating Second Chances Through Local Partnerships

    [fa icon="calendar'] Nov 27, 2020 9:30:00 AM / by Jenny Kakasuleff posted in Community Partners, Employment, Success Story, Goodwill Commercial Services, Criminal History

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    When Hotel Tango contracted with Goodwill Commercial Services to label their signature bottles, and later to bottle hand sanitizer, it was the start of a great partnership. Because of the special shape of the bottles, it was difficult to get the labels in the correct position every time — until Willie Burroughs got involved.

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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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    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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    Richmond Goodwill Store Goes Above and Beyond

    [fa icon="calendar'] Aug 5, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Jenny Kakasuleff posted in Employment, Success Story, Goodwill Guides, Retail

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    Each year, Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana selects a Retail Site of the Year to honor the accomplishments of a location that did an exemplary job meeting production goals as well as providing employment opportunities to people with barriers like a disability, criminal history or lack of a high school diploma. This year, we’re honoring the team at our Richmond retail store. With more than 70 sites in central and southern Indiana, it’s quite an accomplishment to receive this award. 

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