Finding Meaning Through Employment

    [fa icon="calendar'] Jun 24, 2022 4:18:35 PM / by Jenny Kakasuleff posted in Employment, Success Story, Criminal History, Retail, Former Addiction, Mission Awareness, Mission Coaches

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    After separating from her husband of 10 years, Samantha Russell turned to drugs in an effort to cope with the stress and anxiety she was experiencing. 

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    Pride Month Highlight: Becoming Her Authentic Self

    [fa icon="calendar'] Jun 20, 2022 10:00:00 AM / by Jenny Kakasuleff posted in Employment, Retail, mental health, Pride Month, LGBTQ

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    Bea Sweet joined the Goodwill retail crew at our Columbus location in November 2021. Although she has the support of a few friends and her co-workers at Goodwill, Bea has experienced the judgment and stigma associated with coming out as a transgender person. She began living as a woman almost seven years ago, when she was 41 years old. 

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    Join Us In Celebrating Goodwill Industries Week

    [fa icon="calendar'] May 3, 2022 10:30:00 AM / by Kent A. Kramer posted in Employment, Success Story, The Excel Center, Education, Mission Awareness, Goodwill Week

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    Since 1951, Goodwill® organizations throughout the United States and Canada have come together to recognize Goodwill Industries Week and highlight the defining principle of our mission — to change lives. For 120 years, the Goodwill network has worked with people experiencing barriers to employment by helping them secure a job, increase their education and access resources critical to achieving independence.

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    Empowerment Through Education

    [fa icon="calendar'] Apr 21, 2022 9:00:00 AM / by Jenny Kakasuleff posted in Employment, Success Story, Indianapolis Metropolitan High School, Education, Retail, COVID-19, Mission Awareness

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    Indianapolis Metropolitan High School is a best-fit school for teenage students experiencing circumstances that may present a barrier to education. In 2020, those circumstances included a pandemic that entirely uprooted education across the globe, but our students adapted and persevered, and our faculty did an amazing job at ensuring we could continue to provide high-quality, rigorous instruction and individualized support. 

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    Supporting Communities Through Strong Partnerships

    [fa icon="calendar'] Apr 6, 2022 9:00:00 AM / by Jenny Kakasuleff posted in Community Partners, Employment, TalentSource, The Excel Center, Education, Mission Awareness

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    In summer 2019, Goodwill’s Excel Center partnered with Tom Wood and Ford Motor Company to implement an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification program at our Shadeland and University Heights locations. Tom Woods’ sponsorship of The Excel Center provides students with access to the curriculum at no cost; in return, Tom Wood has access to a pipeline of qualified service technicians—each with a path to a well-paying career.

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    Promoting the Future of Work at Goodwill

    [fa icon="calendar'] Mar 18, 2022 2:12:19 PM / by Jenny Kakasuleff posted in Employment, Education, Mission Awareness, Multi-gen impact, Strategic Plan

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    The next three years have the potential to be among the most important in our more than 90-year history. Although the COVID-19 pandemic created obstacles, Goodwill remained vigilant, working with our employees, board members and other supporters to make decisions that have put us in a place of strength. We are excited to deliver a Strategic Plan that expands and leverages existing opportunities, while also identifying, exploring and developing new ones. 

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    Shawn Basore Celebrates Three Decades of Employment at Goodwill

    [fa icon="calendar'] Mar 1, 2022 11:53:49 AM / by Jenny Kakasuleff posted in Employment, Disability, Success Story, Goodwill Commercial Services, Disability Services, COVID-19, Mission Awareness

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    In 1989, upon graduating from high school, Shawn Basore joined Goodwill’s Commercial Services division. He had no work history or job skills and participated in Goodwill’s Work Experience Program, which provided job training and employment services to persons with disabilities, preparing them for successful employment. 

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    Empowerment Through Employment

    [fa icon="calendar'] Feb 15, 2022 12:10:24 PM / by Jenny Kakasuleff posted in Employment, Success Story, Goodwill Guides, Retail, mental health, Mission Awareness

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    When Edward Rickenbach first joined Goodwill in 2009 as an assistant site leader, he was struggling with homelessness and severe depression — a diagnosis he had first received in college but learned would be a lifelong battle. In just 18 months, he worked hard and was promoted to site leader, where he was responsible for managing the store and all of its employees.

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    Economic Impact of New Manufacturing Site Estimated at $25.9 Million

    [fa icon="calendar'] Feb 4, 2022 10:51:36 AM / by Jenny Kakasuleff posted in Community Partners, Employment, Goodwill Commercial Services

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    Indiana University’s Public Policy Institute (PPI) estimates that the new medical device manufacturing facility at 38th and Sheridan in Indianapolis, built in partnership with Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana and Cook Medical, will have an estimated economic impact of $25.9 million.

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    SCSEP Participant Thrives Helping Others

    [fa icon="calendar'] Dec 23, 2021 9:15:00 AM / by Mats Klein posted in Employment, Senior Community Service Employment Program

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    When Vicki Parks of Richmond, Indiana first enrolled into Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) she was very hesitant about starting over due to her age. However, once Vicki gave the program a chance and began to understand the support that she would receive while enrolled, she realized that it was a perfect fit for her. 

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