Two years ago, Jonathan Tingley, moved back home. But unlike some “boomeranging” millennials, Jonathan needs constant care because he has disabilities including autism. His mother, Nancy Moore, didn’t want him sitting at home watching TV all day; she has dreams for her son to become more independent. That’s when she connected with LifeWorks, Goodwill®’s program for adults with disabilities.
It was a full day of activities in Goodwill Industries of Tulsa’s Transition Work Adjustment Training classroom. Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder from surrounding public high schools go for half of their school day to prepare for entering the workforce upon graduation.
Goodwill Industries of Arkansas Launches Employment Program for Individuals that are Deaf and Hard of Hearing
According to recent study at Cornell University, nearly 150,000 people living in Arkansas are deaf or have a hearing-related disability. According to the National Deaf Center, 60 percent of individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind are unemployed, in comparison to the 4 percent national average. Goodwill Industries of Arkansas (Little Rock) has launched a program to combat this disparity.
The Excel Center is a free Indiana charter high school diploma program with campuses in South Bend, Hammond and Gary. They offer high school classes to achieve a Core 40 diploma. They are a school designed to help adult students excel!
A report released by the Southern Regional Education Board affirms the value of Helms College’s model of providing a solid knowledge base with experiential learning opportunities to equip students to fill an ever-increasing number of middle-skills jobs. With campuses in Macon and Augusta, Helms College is a private, independent postsecondary career school sponsored by Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia, Inc. and is licensed by the Georgia Non-Public Post-Secondary Education Commission.
Well now that we’re past the holidays and Valentine’s Day, chances are few of you out there are in wedding planning mode. So let me be the first to tell you-- you’re about to take a wild ride on the sticker shock express. But fear not. Simply put down the bridal magazines and cancel your appointment at the fancy bridal store. Goodwill® is the best place to start.
Tis the season of tax preparation! According to a recent survey by TaxSlayer, more than half of U.S. adults find the tax-filing process stressful. Luckily, local Goodwill organizations are willing to take this burden off your shoulders, at no cost! More than 20 local Goodwill organizations across the nation offer free tax preparation services.
Jasmine Bible was 17 years old when she got her first job as a cashier at Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana (Indianapolis, IN). She struggled to find reliable transportation, stable housing and dependable child care for her son with special needs. Eager to advance her career, Bible took advantage of every opportunity available to her through Goodwill®.
January is National Reaching Your Potential Month, and a new tool at Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County (Wilmington) is helping residents do just that. According to a report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 19,000 Delaware residents are unemployed. In an effort to combat unemployment, Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County launched Career Connection, a digital career services platform that supports job seekers through the process of securing employment.
In December 2018, the Easter Seals Goodwill ND, Inc. (Mandan, ND) store in Jamestown, ND was presented with the Business of the Month award. The Jamestown Chamber of Commerce and Young Professionals of Jamestown honor businesses that provide superior customer service, exhibit community spirit and provide a positive economic impact to the community.
The holiday season will be a little more special for one Florida family. Thanks to Goodwill Manasota and Florida Power & Light (FPL), the Landis family’s home has been transformed into a winter wonderland at no cost to them, complete with more than 1,000 energy-efficient lights, a Santa Claus figure, stocking and present props, and even a palm tree!
Goodwill® organizations around the country are committed to serving all members of the community, especially those facing specific challenges finding work. All too often, people transitioning back into society face a difficult stigma that causes challenges to gaining meaningful employment. To help alleviate this problem, Goodwill Industries of Arkansas is expanding its re-entry programs in Northwest Arkansas through its new resource center.