OUR SERVICES

WHO WE HELP:

Goodwill employees work with individuals to help them build skills, become competitively employed, and maintain employment in the community. Goodwill employees also work with employers to ensure a job match between qualified candidates and job openings, maintain a strong, responsive working relationship with employers to address ongoing needs. Services provided help individuals living with a behavioral health diagnosis and/or substance use disorder, intellectual or developmental disability, acquired brain injury, autism spectrum disorder, or other barriers to employment to develop skills to successfully obtain and maintain employment.

Bilingual services are available in Columbus, Grand Island & Lexington.

OUR PROGRAMS

(Click through the tabs to learn about each of our programs.)
  • Who We Help
    • Adults who have barriers to employment who live with a mental health condition, acquired brain injury, developmental/intellectual disability, substance use disorder, autism spectrum disorder.
    • Employers seeking qualified candidates to fill job vacancies.
  • What We Do
    • Supported Employment helps individuals overcome barriers to employment by providing ongoing employment supports to both individuals served and employers. Employment Specialists help job seekers find employment that matches individual strengths, talents and interests, and provide individuals with ongoing support to be successful on the job. Employment Specialists also offer strategies to overcome barriers to employment and assist with employer communication.
  • Who We Help
    • Individuals interested in learning more about the impact of work when receiving Supplemental Security Income, Social Security Disability Income or other disability-related benefits.
  • What We Do
    • Benefits Planning offers individualized benefits analysis, ongoing benefits management, work incentive assistance, and problem-solving and advocacy. A benefits counselor helps beneficiaries understand how wages from work affect eligibility for disability-related cash and medical benefits and use State and Federal incentive programs to keep benefits, even while working.

If you or someone you know are worried about your social security disability benefits,
contact Megan Boss at (402) 942-4572 to discuss service options.

  • What is Ticket to Work?
    • Ticket to Work was established by the Social Security Administration (SSA) in order to give people with disabilities an opportunity to go back to work or increase income. Goodwill Employment and Career Services can help you:
      • Achieve your employment goals through career planning, job searching, resume development and career advancement supports.
      • Obtain and maintain employment that matches your unique strengths, talents, and interests.
      • Understand how your earnings from work will affect your cash and medical benefits.
      • Use work incentives programs to help you earn more.
      • Receive ticket protection from continuing disability reviews.
      • Receive ongoing benefits management and problem solving support.
  • Who qualifies for Ticket to Work?
    • Goodwill’s Ticket to Work Program serves individuals with disability benefits who desire to get back to work or want to become more independent from Social Security benefits. To qualify, individuals must:
      • Be between the ages of 18 and 64
      • Currently receive SSI or SSDI

If you or someone you know are interested in learning how the ticket to work program can work for you,
contact Megan Boss at (402) 942-4572 to discuss service options.

  • Who We Help
    • Reporting Centers provide services and programming to individuals on probation, parole, and involved in problem-solving courts.
  • What We Do
    • Goodwill Reporting Center Training Specialists facilitate employment, money management, parenting, and behavior change curriculum to enhance skills and connect people to resources that promote community safety and increased self-sufficiency.
    • Classes available in Spanish in Lexington & Grand Island.

OUR PROGRAMS

  • Who We Help
    • Adults who have barriers to employment who live with a mental health condition, acquired brain injury, developmental/intellectual disability, substance use disorder, autism spectrum disorder.
    • Employers seeking qualified candidates to fill job vacancies.
  • What We Do
    • Supported Employment helps individuals overcome barriers to employment by providing ongoing employment supports to both individuals served and employers. Employment Specialists help job seekers find employment that matches individual strengths, talents and interests, and provide individuals with ongoing support to be successful on the job. Employment Specialists also offer strategies to overcome barriers to employment and assist with employer communication.
  • Who We Help
    • Individuals interested in learning more about the impact of work when receiving Supplemental Security Income, Social Security Disability Income or other disability-related benefits.
  • What We Do
    • Benefits Planning offers individualized benefits analysis, ongoing benefits management, work incentive assistance, and problem-solving and advocacy. A benefits counselor helps beneficiaries understand how wages from work affect eligibility for disability-related cash and medical benefits and use State and Federal incentive programs to keep benefits, even while working.

If you or someone you know are worried about your social security disability benefits,
contact Megan Boss at (402) 942-4572 to discuss service options.

  • What is Ticket to Work?
    • Ticket to Work was established by the Social Security Administration (SSA) in order to give people with disabilities an opportunity to go back to work or increase income. Goodwill Employment and Career Services can help you:
      • Achieve your employment goals through career planning, job searching, resume development and career advancement supports.
      • Obtain and maintain employment that matches your unique strengths, talents, and interests.
      • Understand how your earnings from work will affect your cash and medical benefits.
      • Use work incentives programs to help you earn more.
      • Receive ticket protection from continuing disability reviews.
      • Receive ongoing benefits management and problem solving support.
  • Who qualifies for Ticket to Work?
    • Goodwill’s Ticket to Work Program serves individuals with disability benefits who desire to get back to work or want to become more independent from Social Security benefits. To qualify, individuals must:
      • Be between the ages of 18 and 64
      • Currently receive SSI or SSDI

If you or someone you know are interested in learning how the ticket to work program can work for you,
contact Megan Boss at (402) 942-4572 to discuss service options.

  • Who We Help
      • Reporting Centers provide services and programming to individuals on probation, parole, and involved in problem solving courts.
  • What We Do
      • Goodwill Reporting Center Training Specialists facilitate employment, money management, parenting, and behavior change curriculum to enhance skills and connect people to resources that promote community safety and increased self-sufficiency.
      • Classes available in Spanish in Lexington & Grand Island.
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SUCCESS STORY

MATT GETS A JOB AND NEW FOUND INDEPENDENCE

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.

866 Individuals Received
Services in 2020

649 Individuals Received
Reporting Center Services in 2020

OUR LOCATIONS

GI Service Building

GRAND ISLAND

(308) 384-7896

1804 South Eddy Street
Grand Island, NE 68801

Kearney Developmental Disabilities

KEARNEY

(308) 455-1400

4009 6th Ave, Suite 42
Kearney, NE 68845

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Hastings Services

HASTINGS

(402) 463-1467

835 South Burlington Plaza, Suite 112
Hastings, NE 68901

ECS Columbus

COLUMBUS

(402) 942-4572

3100 23rd Street – Suite 18
Columbus, NE 68601

Employment and Career Services Lexington

LEXINGTON

(308) 520-9026

2401 Plum Creek Pkwy Suite B
Lexington, NE 68850

NORTH PLATTE

(308) 520-9026

114 South Chestnut, Suite 1
North Platte, NE 69103

Employment and Career Services McCook

MCCOOK

(308) 520-9026

322 Norris Avenue – Room 2-3A &B
McCook, NE 69001

REFERRAL INFORMATION

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

Tamara Snider

Director – Employment & Career Services
(308) 455-7571

Email Tamara
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OUR

LEADERSHIP

TEAM

Tamara Snider

Tamara Snider

Department Director
(308) 455-7571 | Email Tamara

Kristen Scharrenberg

Kristen Scharrenberg

Program Manager
Grand Island
(308) 380-4361 | Email Kristen

Nicole Weaver

Nicole Weaver

Program Manager,
Hastings & Kearney
(308) 440-9206 | Email Nicole

Megan Boss

Megan Boss

Program Manager
Columbus
(402) 942-4572 | Email Megan

Randa Musil

Randa Musil

Program Manager
North Platte, Lexington, McCook
(308) 520-9026 | Email Randa

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