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Holiday Spirit

Posted by Joey James on Jan 22, 2019 9:00:00 AM

When the clock struck one (1:00 p.m. in the afternoon), Goodwill Day Services participants celebrated the new year in style by watching the ball drop, dancing the old year away, and welcoming in a promising 2019!Although we were all dreaming of a white Christmas, the lack of snow didn’t stop our Day Services participants at the Goodwill Center for Work and Training in Greendale (GSC) from having holiday spirit. You could feel cheer and jolly in the air as you walked through the building that included unique door displays and holiday decorations.

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Goodwill Annual Holiday Bazaar a huge success

Posted by Leslie Chisholm on Dec 27, 2018 2:54:25 PM

The Goodwill Center for Work and Training – Southwest Campus (GSC) hosted the annual Day Services Holiday Bazaar for the third year in a row. Each center was able to set up two tables for their crafts and treats, and the space at GSC provided an area for all the shoppers to be treated to free hot apple cider and snacks.

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Goodwill Day Services’ Fashion Show is Full of “Heroes and Villains”

Posted by Nichole Uecker on Nov 30, 2018 4:39:32 PM

Members of Goodwill’s Adult Day Services programs are creative, outgoing and very fashionable. Our annual TAP the Potential Fashion Show in October is a coveted opportunity for participants to show off these traits for an audience of peers and other individuals from around the community.Members of Goodwill’s Adult Day Services programs are creative, outgoing and very fashionable. Our annual TAP the Potential Fashion Show in October is a coveted opportunity for participants to show off these traits for an audience of peers and other individuals from around the community.

With the help of Milwaukee County’s Office of Persons with Disabilities, Goodwill hosts this event at our Community Opportunities Club North, which is located at Wil-O-Way Underwood Park in Wauwatosa. The fashion show features models from other agencies including Easter Seals and Adult Day Services of Southeast Wisconsin. The TAP the Potential Fashion Show is just one of many events Goodwill hosts during National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

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Goodwill Community Opportunities Club North "walks" to Des Moines

Posted by Jenna Horton on Oct 29, 2018 3:35:46 PM

The Goodwill Community Opportunities Club (COC) North offers a variety of activities to involve participants. One club, though, Mileage Club, consistently has the most people participating. Mileage Club is an optional activity for participants to be part of and was created to fill the need for an active lifestyle for the participants. Each day, the members go outside and walk around the wonderful 1/5-mile track behind COC North. The group chooses a destination within the United States and collectively works toward walking the miles to that destination.

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It Takes a Village

Posted by Jennifer Ott on Oct 3, 2018 1:10:36 PM

The African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child,” suggests that a child does not grow just within the four walls of their home and just with care from their parent(s) but rather, a child grows within their community (their village) and in a social world with input, tools and understanding from the village as a whole.

This adage translates well in reference to the participants who receive adult day services at the Waukesha Community Service Center.

Goodwill alone cannot provide all the necessary, expected and deserved supportive services for our participants. We must build partnerships, nurture relationships and utilize supports from our community-at-large. Without the village, our day service program would not flourish as we do, would not be the recognized leader in adult day programming, and would not be able to support the growth of our participants in their independence and goals.

Contributions from our community have impacted our program and participants in ways that words cannot begin to describe. Donations from corporations and individuals have allowed us to provide special enhancements such as weekly music therapy, community outings to museums, restaurants and performances, as well as equipment and supplies that bring excitement and creativity to the lives of our participants.

In the past several months, our program has been able to purchase an arcade basketball game, a manicure table, couches, art supplies and games. We have been generously accommodated by local establishments and have had the opportunity to showcase the talents of our participants at community businesses.

The participants at the Waukesha Adult Day Service Center continue to grow and be inspired thanks to the acknowledgement of their community, and the tools and resources made available to them.

It truly does take a village and for your input, resources and understanding, we thank you. Read More

A Parade of Their Own and More!

Posted by Jennifer Houston on Aug 28, 2018 2:10:34 PM

At the Center for Work and Training in Greendale our Clubhouse participants’ favorite things about the Fourth of July are the parades and the cookouts. With that in mind, staff and participants sought a parade of their own so every participant could have their own chance to march in a parade.

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Teamwork Grows in Garden Club

Posted by Kaye Pederson on Aug 1, 2018 2:49:34 PM

At Goodwill we are Inspired By People, we believe in the Power of the Whole and that Results Matter.  We use these Guiding Principles everyday to guide our work, which allows us to focus on our mission. And these Guiding Principles were very evident at Goodwill’s Community Opportunities Club (COC) South located at the Goodwill Center for Work and Training — Southwest Campus in Greendale.

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Mother's Day Craft Event is a hit!

Posted by Leslie Chisholm on Jun 22, 2018 4:00:00 PM

The Community Opportunities Club (COC) West located in Waukesha was excited to host the first “All Center Mother’s Day Craft Event” on May 10. Our participants and staff had quite a bit of prep work to do prior to the big event! COC North graciously donated 50 white bags to us and the COC West team began to assemble them together the day before. Each bag included a flower pot (shaped as a teacup or a teapot) that our participants would be able to decorate, plus many other items.

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A Language Without Barriers: The Day Services Inspirations Choir

Posted by Nichole Uecker on May 17, 2018 1:07:40 PM

Music has often been called a universal language, and that remains true for our staff and participants in Day Services at Goodwill’s James O. Wright Center for Work and Training (JOW) in Milwaukee. Whether they are playing instruments, dancing and moving during our adaptive fitness classes, or belting out their favorite standards during our karaoke contests, Day Services clients are drawn to the rhythms and lyrics of rock, R&B, jazz, pop, classical and gospel music. For our staff, music is a way to share common interests and engage participants with disabilities regardless of physical, cognitive or communication barriers in meaningful programming.

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Health Matters at Goodwill COC North

Posted by Whitney Schadeberg on Apr 18, 2018 9:00:00 AM

As part of our “new year, new you” programming, Goodwill Community Opportunities Club(COC) North felt it was time to brush up on our healthy living skills. Recreation Assistant Joey James realized some of our participants were coming in without having a chance to apply deodorant or brush their teeth, so he came up with a solution: Hygiene Club!

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