Goodwill employees work with individuals to help them acquire, improve and retain the skills needed to be as independent as possible. Services provided help people living with an intellectual or developmental disability use their strengths and talents to accomplish their goals, achieve greater independence, learn to make choices and participate in and contribute to their community.


(Click through the tabs to learn about each of our programs.)


Group exercise, book club, shopping, going out to eat, and doing things that are important to you, all while feeling safe and comfortable

  • Day Support – Services primarily take place in a non-residential setting operated by Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska.
    • Teaching includes activities to build skills which includes, but is not limited to: gross motor skills, including grasping, stacking, or transferring items; fine motor skills, including picking up small objects, holding small items, or using a keyboard; attention to task; improving physical abilities, such as sitting in a chair or standing for an extended period of time to complete a task; following one to two-step instructions; and general social skills or self-help skills.
  • Community Integration – Services primarily take place in the community in a non-residential setting.
    • Teaching includes, but is not limited to: supporting an individual to join and participate in a community group, church group, book club, card club, or a fishing club; how to go shopping, attending a concert, going out to eat, or attending a sporting event; how to join and participate in volunteer activities, such as an animal shelter or Meals on Wheels; and navigating the community by using public transportation or riding a bike.
  • Person-Center Planning
    • We support person-centered planning. We support individuals to be the center of their planning for their life, their services, and their goals.  We focus on what individuals want and support them to create a plan that meets their needs. We support an approach to services that empower individuals to plan their life, advocate for themselves, and reach their goals.

Small Group Vocational Support

  • These services are intended to help individuals learn skills that lead to competitive employment in the community.
    • Skills include, but are not limited to: career exploration, job seeking skills, interview skills, workplace communication skills, on-the-job safety skills, understanding workplace expectations, and workplace problem solving skills and strategies.

Supported Employment – Individual and Follow Along

  • These services are intended to teach skills that support employed individuals in maintaining competitive employment.
    • Skills include, but are not limited to: job coaching to learn and maintain job tasks, developing job accommodations, following workplace expectations, getting along with co-workers, communicating with supervisors, problem-solving and self-advocacy.

If you or you know someone that would be interested learning more about our Supported Employment program, 
contact Tamara Snider at (308) 455-7571 to discuss service options.

  • Supported Family Living – provided in the family home intermittently as outlined in the individual’s plan
    • Teaching individuals how to do chores and laundry, make meals or snacks, do activities they enjoy doing in the community, how to meet other people, and to take good care of themselves
  • Independent Living – provided in the family home intermittently as outlined in the individual’s plan
    • Teaching individuals how to chores and laundry, make meals, do activities they enjoy in the community, how to meet other people and to take good care of themselves, provided in the individual’s home
  • Shared Living
    • Helping individuals find a family to live with continuously, 24 hours per day, every day of the year
  • Respite – provided in the individual’s home or in the community
    • Provider relief for the usual caregiver to assist with providing medication and  supervision at home or in the community
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Paul and Sarah live with Down syndrome and receive Goodwill’s residential services. On a Thursday night, you can find Paul and Sarah and their Goodwill Direct Support Professional experiencing something that most of us take for granted – preparing a meal. Together, Paul, Sarah and their support professional plan a meal, shop for ingredients at the grocery store and make the meal in one of their homes. Because of your gift of support, you give Paul and Sarah the opportunity to experience the joy of increased independence.

147 Individuals Received Services in 2021

147 Individuals Received Services in 2021


GI Service Building


(308) 384-7896

1804 South Eddy Street
Grand Island, NE 68801

Kearney Developmental Disabilities


(308) 455-1400

4009 6th Ave, Ste 42 & 45
Kearney, NE 68845

Hastings Services


(402) 463-1467

835 South Burlington Plaza, Ste 110 & 112
Hastings, NE 68901


If you or someone you know would like to get more information on the steps to enroll in our services,
please contact our Director – Developmental Disability Services listed below.

Danelle Hayes

Director – Developmental Disability Services
(402) 984-2341




Danelle Hayes

Danelle Hayes

(402) 984-2341 | Email Danelle

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Kylee Moormann

Associate Director
(308) 850-0596 | Email Kylee

Mindy Smidt

Mindy Smidt

Program Manager
(308) 930-9246 | Email Mindy

Jenifer Phinney

Program Manager, Hastings
(402) 469-2999 | Email Jenifer

Kim Anderson

Kim Anderson

Program and Shared Living Home Manager, Kearney
(308) 830-2015 | Email Kim

Tia Hayman

Shared Living Home Manager, Hastings & Grand Island

(308) 380-1071 |  Email Tia

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