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Shawn

Shawn lives by himself and enjoys the connections he has with his church, watching TV (Knight Rider is his favorite) and daydreaming.  

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Diana

I was born in Chicago and as a young child was adopted into a Puerto Rican family. Growing up, I lived in the Humboldt Park neighborhood – a prominent area for Latinos. There are restaurants and bakeries that cater to our culture, and we celebrated who we are on a regular basis by getting together with family for traditional Puerto Rican meals.

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Edilma

As Panamanian-born Edilma Rodriguez strives to be a leader in her community, it all comes down to faith: faith in the idea that everyone is born for a purpose, faith in the concept of giving back, and faith in the power of visibility.

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Will

I grew up with a tight-knit family, and my first role models were my parents. My father is Mexican, and he came to the United States when he was only 20 years old. He worked in the fields in Mexico when he was a kid and in factories after he moved to the United States. My mother also worked throughout my childhood – sometimes multiple jobs. Seeing how hard they work resonates with me to this day.

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Luis

For Luis Mercado, perspective is everything. Growing up in Milwaukee, he watched as his parents struggled to assimilate and financially find their way.

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Isamar

After losing her job in the culinary industry, Isamar turned to Goodwill’s Workforce Connection Center (WCC) in Bay View to help find essential work just as the pandemic began.

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Zeudi

Goodwill's Individual Placement and Support (IPS) program is a partnership with the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division, Wisconsin Division of Rehabilitation (DVR), the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

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Shannon

In the unprecedented time of COVID-19 shutdown, Shannon was staying at Sojourner Truth House, the largest provider of domestic violence prevention and intervention services in Wisconsin. The Sojourner Truth House was a safe place for her and her children.

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Grace

When Grace came to Goodwill, it was clear she was a big animal enthusiast but also struggled interacting with people.

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Linda

As the unemployment rate in Wisconsin remains high, many are facing the stress of needing to support themselves and provide for their families. Yet even in this time of growing worry and uncertainty, Goodwill is here to help people overcome obstacles, find jobs and achieve their goals.

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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