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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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Goodwill Day Services Feeling the Love

Posted by Jennifer Houston on Mar 22, 2018 3:32:19 PM

Participants in the Goodwill Center for Work and Training – Southwest Campus (GSC) Day Services and Clubhouse programs came together to spread the love on Valentine’s Day.  Recreation assistants LeAnn LeBlanc, Kelly Wood and Catrina Brooks worked for several days to create a very special event for each and every program participant.

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The Goodwill Way – A Way of Life at the Waukesha Adult Day Program

Posted by Jennifer Ott on Feb 26, 2018 9:00:00 AM

What is the Goodwill Way? Well, it’s how we do things and how we define who we are—basically it’s how we work together at Goodwill. We have these things called guiding principles that help direct our actions. They are: Inspired by People, Power of the Whole and Results Matter. These three principles are at the heart of what we do each and every day.

These are new concepts for all of us; staff and participants alike. Looking for ways to simplify and recognize these guiding principles was important to us. Over the course of several participant council meetings, we tackled each principle and determined how we interpret it and what we can do to demonstrate our knowledge of it.

Participants, with the help of staff, simplified the guiding principles to make better sense of them:

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Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful beautifies us

Posted by Jan Kruk on Jan 16, 2018 11:09:34 AM

Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful Beautifies Goodwill's Community Opportunities Club South.December 19 started out as an ordinary day at Community Opportunities Club South, but quickly turned into a delightful day when we received an unexpected phone call from Zoe. Zoe is the Education Coordinator at the Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful organization. She remembered our group from our November tour of the city recycling center. She explained to me that Hyden Nursery, a greenhouse that they partner with to enhance their greenspace on the Marquette University campus, left a donation of 200 poinsettia plants at their office and they wanted to share them with their community partners. Read More

Holiday Bazaar a hit with customers

Posted by Jennifer Houston on Jan 2, 2018 3:29:40 PM

The Goodwill Day Services programs held their annual Holiday Bazaar on Friday, November 17th, at the Goodwill Center for Work and Training – Southwest Campus (GSC). All six Goodwill day programs worked for months to create the unique collection of art, food, home décor, and bath and body items that were for sale.

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Former Goodwill Recreation Assistant realizes dream

Posted by Leslie Chisholm on Nov 10, 2017 9:00:00 AM

For many years, Robin was a Recreation Assistant at the Community Opportunities Club (COC) North, which is part of our Day Services program. The participants there loved working with her. Oftentimes she made wonderful meals, special treats for holidays and other celebrations at the club. Cooking was a passion for Robin. For a long time she dreamed of opening her own restaurant. Last year, she finally did!

But, let me tell you a little bit more about Robin. She grew up in the West Allis area, learning to eat what was fresh and was taught that canning the best foods was important as well— even in the off season. In 1985 Robin married a Sailor from the East Coast who was born and raised on a five-generation dairy farm. And that's how she came to be known as “The Farmer's Wife!”

Fast forward to 2017 when she opened “The Farmer’s Wife,” which was an older home converted into the restaurant. It’s located on the corner of West Mitchell Street and South 66th Street, and you can see the West Allis Farmer’s Market from inside the restaurant. If you are looking for unique cuisine that includes local produce and other items, this is the place for you. You’ll be treated to menu items like Lobster Roll and Stuffed Quahog. According to Robin and Dick, “Local means Wisconsin made and grown and this is so important to us at "The Farmer's Wife." At least 95% of our product comes from right here in Wisconsin. That's what it is all about.”

Once our members of the COC West found out about the restaurant, they decided to check it out. And, boy were they impressed! They enjoyed an excellent lunch from the former Goodwill employee, who they remember with fondness —not only for her great cooking but also for her fun-loving attitude at Goodwill!

I’m guessing COC South group will be making a trip to “The Farmer’s Wife” very soon!

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Goodwill Day Services quarterly collage

Posted by Guest on Nov 3, 2017 11:50:51 AM

As promised, each quarter we will feature a collage that showcases all the fun our participants in our Goodwill Day Services and Life Skills Development Programs have had year to date!

We invite you to view the fantastic activities our participants at the Goodwill Center for Work and Training–Southwest Campus enjoyed so far! We hope you like them too! If you have any questions on our programs feel free to contact us at (855) 455-1110.

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Day Services Participant Choir to Perform for Disability Awareness Month

Posted by Nichole Uecker on Oct 16, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Musician Roy Ayers said, “The true beauty of music is that it connects people. It carries a message and we, the musicians, are the messengers.” For Goodwill participants in the Day Services Choir at the James O. Wright Center for Work and Training (JOW) program, the message expressed through song is that regardless of individual differences, we all have a gift to share with the world.

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Dan the Cartoon Man Amazes Community Opportunities Club South

Posted by Jan Kruk on Sep 29, 2017 2:46:08 PM

Goodwill Community Opportunities Club members enjoy the activities and events we plan for them, but they really enjoy seeing  Dan the Cartoon Man. We discovered Dan Kashian many years ago when he was doing a weekly cartoon for the Bay View Press. Read More

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