March is Disability Awareness Month!

Evansville Goodwill would like to highlight 2 individuals this month referred to us through Vocational Rehabilitation Services. (James & Shauna)

 

Meet James:

In September of 2016, James began working with Goodwill Industries through Vocational Rehabilitation Services. He was seeking part-time employment after moving here from Spencer County to care for his mother. James exerted an extensive work history in the  manufacturing/production sector; however, due to newly discovered health concerns he needed to find employment in a safe and clean environment. Work solutions began exploring different types of careers, completing aptitude tests and interest inventories that would help James transition into something different than his past labor jobs.

In November, James toured the Goodwill donation plant on Green River Road in Evansville and expressed interest. In previous work positions, he had cross trained to complete different positions and Goodwill offered a position that fit his needs. James completed the application and interview process and was offered a job as a 2nd shift Floater. He has been employed with Goodwill since December of 2016. James has been an asset, a leader and an inspiration to other Goodwill consumers and employees!  Congrats James!

 

Meet Shauna:

Shauna began working with Goodwill Industries job placement program through Vocational Rehabilitation Services. Shauna had accepted a job at Walmart and was referred to Goodwill to receive employment support and retention services. Goodwill worked with Shauna to help her become independent on the job and to work through some focusing barriers. She was able to find solutions to her problems with the help of Goodwill and to find answers in understanding how to use her medical insurance to find a doctor that was able to prescribe proper medications.

Shauna is a single mother of a 1 year old little boy, and her goals are to make her son’s life as wonderful as possible. She is looking forward to saving money to purchase her own vehicle and to eventually have her own apartment. She is working hard on her coping skills in order to deal with difficult situations in her job and personal life. Shauna’s employer, Walmart, shared that she is doing a great job and is an asset to their team and to their company!  Congrats Shauna!

 

 

Thank you!

Thank you Evansville for your participation in the 27th Annual Fifth Third  Bank Turkey Day 5K which benefits the Goodwill Family Center!  This was our biggest race ever with over 2,500 participants ranging in every age category from 1 to 80 plus. We were blessed with great November weather and there was a sea of orange t-shirts everywhere. We saw a big increase in the number of families that are making the Turkey Day 5K a Thanksgiving tradition. We would love any feedback to improve our race and to help us break into the 3,000 participant range for next year. We know together with our Fifth Third Bank partnership we can raise the roof and keep finding ways to help our homeless families in Evansville. Thank you for making the Turkey Day 5K a success!

Coweta Free: Reason to Smile

2016-06-29 09.57.52Coweta Free has reason to smile. She has come a long way since arriving at the Goodwill Family Center a few days before Christmas 2014. Coweta has endured health issues, abandonment by family members and homelessness. Health issues prevented her from working and eventually led to the loss of her job. As things began to spiral downward, Coweta’s self confidence slowly began to disappear. She felt she had nowhere to go and no one to turn to. With the help of the Goodwill Family Center, a transitional housing facility for the homeless, Coweta was given a place to live and introduced to the vocational services offered at Goodwill. Through our work solutions program she attained employment and after a year at the Center she moved into permanent housing. She was able to access health services in the community and became stronger, both physically and mentally. Coweta shared that each person along the way helped her to restore her confidence and this led her to where she is today. Coweta works two jobs, has her own place to call home, and has restored many relationships with family members. With the help of her friends at Goodwill, Coweta can now smile and celebrate her success! She recently shared that her children are proud of her ! 🙂