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Goodwill Benefits Counseling and Ticket to Work Services

Benefits Counseling

Goodwill Benefits CounselingA Goodwill specialist in Benefits Counseling will meet with individuals and provide a written detailed explanation of the Social Security Administration (SSA) programs and policies, including Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income and how they apply.

It can be challenging to figure out how benefits will be affected if individuals earn too much money so a Benefits Specialist provides an analysis of the services individuals are eligible for and the effect income from work will have on benefits. The specialist will help apply for work incentives and provide information about how individuals can qualify for federal, state and county programs like FoodShare, housing or Medicaid.

Making sure participants remain eligible for Social Security and other benefits is very important. A Benefits Specialist helps create an individualized PASS (Plan for Achieving Self-Support) that is submitted to SSA. From that point forward our specialist offers counseling, assists in monitoring the plan (sending in pay stubs to the SSA, tracking bank statement and recording expenses), and provides guidance for any appeals or denials.

Eligibility:

  • A referral from the State of Wisconsin, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Receiving benefits from Social Security Administration and/or the State and County (T19, FoodShare, etc.)

Funding Sources:

State of Wisconsin-Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and Ticket to Work

Locations:

James O. Wright Center for Work & Training
6055 N. 91st Street
Milwaukee, WI 53225

Goodwill Center for Work and Training
5400 S. 60th Street
Greendale, WI 53129

Goodwill Center for Work and Training – Enterprise
1630 Enterprise Drive
Sturtevant, WI 53177

Waukesha Community Service Center
1400 Nike Drive
Waukesha, WI 53186

Contact our Intake Coordinator at (855) 455-1110 to make a referral or for more information.


 

Ticket to Work Services

Ticket to Work Support for people with disabilities who want to workIf an individual is receiving SSI or SSDI benefits, is currently working and has a goal to eventually end Social Security benefits, Ticket to Work may be a good service. Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin is an approved Employment Network with Social Security to provide these ongoing services:

  • Benefits Planning and Assistance to manage benefits and health insurance issues.
    Assistance with overpayment issues.
  • Career and Employment counseling to assist individuals with addressing barriers to employment and seeking opportunities for advancement.
  • Connections with other services available in the community.

To assign your Ticket to Goodwill you must:

  • Be employed with a goal to eventually replace benefits with work earnings.
  • Eligible for SSI or SSDI payments.
  • Able to meet earning requirements.

Even if an individual's case has been closed successfully by the state Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services office, these free ongoing services can potentially last for several years as one works off benefits and becomes more financially independent.

Eligibility:

Able to meet monthly earning requirements set by Social Security.

Funding source:

Social Security, Ticket to Work Program.

Locations:

James O. Wright Center for Work & Training
6055 N. 91st Street
Milwaukee, WI 53225

Goodwill Center for Work and Training
5400 S. 60th Street
Greendale, WI 53129

Goodwill Center for Work and Training – Enterprise
1630 Enterprise Drive
Sturtevant, WI 53177

Waukesha Community Service Center
1400 Nike Drive
Waukesha, WI 53186

Contact our Intake Coordinator at (855) 455-1110 to make a referral or for more information.

WISCONSIN
Mission Support Center
Tel: (414) 847-4200

James O. Wright Center forWork & Training
Tel: (414) 353-6400

ILLINOIS
Metropolitan Chicago -
Administration
Tel: (312) 994-1440