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Goodwill's eNewsletter for Community Leaders & Supporters

Goodwill's eNewsletter for Community
Leaders & Supporters - November 2014

100 Lives, 100 Jobs!

100 Lives, 100 Jobs!Two years ago, Goodwill’s Supported Employment Team set a lofty goal – to advance the employment of 100 people with disabilities so that they could and would be working in our communities. Last month, the team celebrated that important achievement. Not only have the lives of those 100 individuals significantly improved, but also numerous positive changes have come to our communities because of it.

The Supported Employment Program serves 250 individuals across seven counties in southeastern Wisconsin: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington, Ozaukee, Walworth, Racine and Kenosha. The dedicated and determined members on the Supported Employment team have helped individuals obtain and sustain employment with a variety of employers in many different types of jobs. According to Molly Gilgenbach (Director of Work Services), “We see that our communities are embracing individuals with disabilities and employers are recognizing the value that individuals with disabilities bring to their workplaces. “

Lea Collins-Worachek (DVR, Workforce Development Director for Milwaukee County) pointed out that people with disabilities aren’t only contributors to our society, but also contributors to our economy. She said, “4,414 consumers reached successful employment outcomes through DVR in the past 12 months, which means $78 million in earnings, which is a 220% return on our investment!”

Christine Schulz (Supported Employment Program Manager) said, “Work truly defines us and gives our lives structure and meaning. It helps establish our place in the world. We can learn a lot about ourselves from working and, when we take our place in the workforce, we fulfill a need for belonging and self-esteem.” We all have to believe in the possibilities and the power of work!”

 

Retro Rendezvous Celebration

Retro Rendezvous CelebrationOnce again it was a sell-out crowd last month at Goodwill’s eleventh annual Retro Rendezvous fundraiser, the Art of Transformation. The night of food, fun, entertainment and Green Bay Packer appearances was emceed by WISN’s Kathy Mykleby and Mark Baden and over 900 guests attended!

The top notch entertainment included national acts like Home Free, a country a-capella band, which won the 2013 Sing Off on NBC TV; sand artist Joe Castillo, a finalist in America’s Got Talent TV show with his Sand Story; the shadow dance troupe called Catapult, another finalist of America’s Got Talent; and Brett Daniels a Master Magician who was named Entertainer and Magician of the Year and has performed all over the world.

This annual event supports Goodwill’s programs and services and Goodwill is appreciative of its sponsors and guests for helping make this event such a huge success.

Goodwill’s Multiple Awards

The Goodwill operation at Naval Station Great Lakes has been recognized by NorthPointe Resources, a non-profit provider of health services, with a Certificate of Appreciation for providing meaningful employment opportunities for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities or mental illness. NorthPointe said, “Companies like yours [Goodwill] send a strong message to businesses in the community that when given the opportunity, persons with disabilities can be productive members of the workforce.”

In addition, Goodwill Great Lakes received the Organization Award from the Lake County Coalition to Reduce Recidivism. And lastly, the Goodwill Store & Donation Center in Arlington Heights North was chosen by the Disability Awareness Commission, in conjunction with the Village of Arlington Heights, to receive the 2014 Disability Awareness Award. The annual award goes to a local business that strives to bring greater awareness to and employ individuals with disabilities.

Two New Goodwill Store & Donation Centers

Two new Goodwill Store & Donation Centers in Frankfort, Illinois and Romeoville, Illinois opened in October, bringing the total number of stores to 56 (in both Illinois and Wisconsin).Each new store creates opportunities for 40 to 50 jobs. New stores also provide convenient locations for donating clothing and household items, as well as dynamic inventory for a fun shopping experience. All store locations can be found at AmazingGoodwill.com.