Steve's Story

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For many‭, ‬the perfect job means loving what you do‭, ‬enjoying who you work with‭, ‬and still having time for your hobbies‭. ‬For Steve‭, ‬the perfect job also means independence and a chance to fit in‭. ‬Steve found all of this‭, ‬and more‭, ‬at Goodwill‭.‬

Life before Goodwill was challenging for Steve‭, ‬who often finds himself feeling lost in the world due to mental health issues‭. ‬He didn’t feel supported by previous employers and found it hard to maintain jobs‭. ‬Steve knew he wanted consistency in both his work and‭ ‬personal life‭. ‬

Steve’s counselor at the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation‭ (‬DVR‭) ‬helped him find a position at Goodwill doing manufacturing work‭. ‬His commitment to his job was evident‭ ‬‮–‬‭ ‬taking up to two buses and walking an additional four miles to get to work each day‭. ‬Steve’s Goodwill manager saw transportation was a challenge and worked with his DVR Counselor to help Steve transition to Goodwill Laundry‭ ‬&‭ ‬Linen Services‭, ‬a job which offered a much shorter bus ride and avoided additional walking‭.‬

Steve blossomed in this new job‭; ‬he is now living the dream many of us have‭ ‬‮–‬‭ ‬not only to enjoy working‭, ‬but creating long-standing friendships with coworkers as well‭. ‬The stability he has found at Goodwill allows him more time for his hobby of collecting‭ ‬and playing musical instruments‭, ‬which has always been a healthy outlet for Steve to express the feelings he cannot often verbalize‭. ‬He thrives knowing he is working alongside people that he can relate to‭, ‬and no longer feels alone‭. ‬“I love working with people who understand me‭,‬”‭ ‬he says‭.‬

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