This spring, we launched a new way to connect people with our services - called Mission Connect. The purpose of Mission Connect is to provide a point-of-entry into our services by removing traditional access barriers and strengthen the public’s understanding of the relationship between retail and mission. Our belief is that by strengthening this connection, the public will more fully understand how their donations and purchases support services Goodwill provides and the full value Goodwill brings to our communities. Inside the Mission Connect rooms, there are step-by-step instructions to help guide the visitor in connecting with a Service Navigator through [...]
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Out of close to 50 nominations, Jenifer Phinney was selected as a top 3 Nebraska Association of Service Providers DSP award winner for her outstanding work serving people with developmental disabilities. On September 17th, Jenifer accepted her award in front of her peers and individuals receiving services at our Hastings Developmental Disability Services site. Congratulations Jenifer!!
Defined by the U.S. Department of Labor, ODEP (Office of Disability Employment Policy), “customized employment is a flexible process designed to personalize the employment relationship between a job candidate and an employer in a way that meets the needs of both. It is based on an individualized match between the strengths, conditions, and interests of a job candidate and the identified business needs of an employer. Customized Employment utilizes an individualized approach to employment planning and job development – one person at a time….one employer at a time.” For Serena, this definition transformed into reality. Serena enrolled into Goodwill’s Employment [...]
In May at our Annual Dinner, Galen Stehlik was awarded the 2020 Vision of the Future award for his relationship and long-term commitment to our services. He is truly a friend of Goodwill. Galen connected with Goodwill in the early 1980s and has remained an active supporter ever since. He currently serves on our Goodwill Foundation Board of Directors and he served as our Goodwill Industries Operating Board Chair in 1997. Prior to his connection with Goodwill, Galen served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve for 8 years. Following graduation from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), he completed his law [...]
Re-posted from the Lexington Clipper Herald | September 26, 2020 LEXINGTON — While Goodwill’s annual awards dinner and ceremony was canceled due to COVID-19, that did not prevent recognition of the 2019 achievement and recovery journey award recipients. One of the 18 award recipients is David Archambault of Lexington. Supported employment had a significant impact on David’s life. Marie Rodriguez-Divis, Employment Specialist for Goodwill, nominated David for his achievements and job success, “we helped David complete job applications and resume, meet employers and advocate for himself. He has gone from non-social, depressed and anxious to a very outgoing young man [...]
Grand Island, NE – The Principal Foundation awarded Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska a $10,000 grant for Goodwill’s Employment and Career Services Program. Employment and Career Services supports employment for people with disabilities throughout Goodwill’s 55-county service area. Employment Specialists assist people living with a behavioral health issue, acquired brain injury, developmental/intellectual disability, or substance use disorder find jobs and work successfully. Goodwill staff also assist others, including people living in poverty and those with criminal records. Tammy Slater, Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska’s CEO states, “We appreciate the support from the Principal Foundation as we continue to support people [...]
Sam battled drug and alcohol addiction. His family and neighbors called the police multiple times in one month. Sam made the decision to seek inpatient treatment. After completing the program, Sam began working with a Goodwill Community Support Worker to help him transition back into society and help support him in his recovery journey. Instead of going back to the environment that he left and risk relapse, Sam’s community support worker was able find him a different apartment and give him the fresh start he needed. Today, Sam has maintained sobriety for the past six months and is working on [...]
Matt found himself on hard times, with a mountain of bills, no gainful employment and on probation. He found his way to Employment and Career Services and completely turned his life around. Determining the right job match, Goodwill advocated for Matt to work at a job where he would experience success. He has completed all probation requirements, is successfully employed, has his own transportation, a safe place to live, healthcare and a better quality of life. He is enjoying his sense of belonging to the community and the respect he has for himself.
McCook, NE – Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska is pleased to announce the opening of its newest store and donation drop off in McCook, located at the intersection of Highway 34 and 83 in Westview Plaza. The store’s sales floor offers 7,200 square feet to allow for donations of clothing, housewares, electronics, books and other items that will be sold at bargain prices. Store hours are Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. The McCook store is Goodwill’s ninth store with current stores in Scottsbluff, North Platte, Lexington, Kearney, Grand Island North [...]
Having lofty goals and looking for programs to support her, Tricia chose Goodwill. She aspired to build relationships in the community, develop friendships and work at a job where she could use her strengths and talents. Receiving both supported employment and day habilitation services, along with her determination and great attitude, Tricia is on target. When asked what is one thing you want people to know about you, she answered, “I am nice and helpful. I’m super friendly. I’m really good at completing tasks on time. I’m a forward thinker.” Goodwill is excited to be a part of her success. [...]