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David500.pngFollowing an earlier suicide attempt, David had just been released from a court-ordered detox plan and was overwhelmed with depression and anxiety. Not wanting to fear for his life any longer, David was clean and sober for the first time in years and wondered what life had in store for him.

With limited resources in rehab, David learned about the benefits of Goodwill’s job training program, Skills for Life and Work, which helps individuals develop professional skills for the workplace, while focusing on communication, problem-solving and overall work ethic in a supportive classroom environment. David further prepared himself for employment and, with the help of a Case Manager, put together a resume and harnessed his inner drive and people skills. David challenged himself yet again, after successfully graduating from the Custodial Institute Training Program, where individuals receive custodial training in a classroom setting with paid work experience.

Soon after, David was hired in the warehouse at Jaco Environmental. Never one to stop learning, David trained on the forklift and was then promoted to a lead position in the warehouse. David demonstrated the skills he learned in the Custodial Institute Training Program and was interviewed and hired for the Milwaukee Facilities Manager position. Nowadays, you can find David in his own office, supervising a team of more than 10 employees and is looking forward to what the future holds.

Mission Support Center
Tel: (414) 847-4200

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

Metropolitan Chicago -
Tel: (312) 994-1440