Recent News2020-04-25T23:39:14-05:00

Mission Connect Helps With Education & Outreach

Mission Connect RoomThis 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 a virtual portal environment. The Service Navigator is available to answer questions about the services Goodwill provides in the community and will assist the visitor in connecting with the most appropriate Goodwill program for the visitor’s needs – whether it’s for themselves or a loved one.

We are excited to reach more people in our communities heightening awareness that Goodwill is more than the store. In fact, last year over 2,200 people received services across greater Nebraska through our Behavioral Health Services, Development Disability Services, Employment and Career Services, Reporting Centers and COVID related […]

October 5th, 2021|

Phinney Receives Award

Jenifer PhinneyOut 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!!

September 30th, 2021|

Customized Employment Creates Opportunities to Thrive!

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 and Career Services in September 2020 with limited work experience, feeling uncomfortable in social situations and having difficulty communicating with people she didn’t know, but excited to overcome challenges and find a job that matched her strengths, talents and preferences. After exploring Serena’s interests, Serena’s Employment Specialist, Jen, developed an On-The-Job Experience (OJE) with a potential employer. Jen supported Serena with on-site job coaching for three months. Serena was hired on as a regular, competitive part-time employee at Live Well Physical Therapy at the end of the OJE. Barb Enberg, Physical Therapist and […]

September 30th, 2021|

Galen Stehlik Named 2020 Vision For The Future

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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 degree in 1977. Over the years, Galen practiced law locally with several firms until opening his own firm, Stehlik Law Firm, where he currently practices with his son, Mitch.

Galen has been actively involved within the Grand Island community in numerous ways including serving as YMCA Board Chair, a Grand Island Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Kaufman Cummings Charitable Board of Trustees, and many others. We are thankful for the time and expertise he has given to our Goodwill.

September 29th, 2021|

Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska recognizes local resident as an achievement award winner

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 who loves his job, with a willingness to take on additional work shifts and is excited to advance his career. We are excited for David. We see a young man who now believes in himself, with improved self-confidence and is self-sufficient.”

Community partners, employers, board members and employees are also recognized annually.

Last year, over 2,000 people were served across greater Nebraska through Employment and Career Services, Developmental Disability Services, Behavioral Health Services and Court Ordered Services.

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October 12th, 2020|

Principal Foundation awards grant to Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska

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 with disabilities achieve their employment goals throughout our territory.”

Goodwill submitted its application in March, and the Principal Foundation announced grant awards in May.

Last year, Goodwill’s Employment and Career Services Program supported 893 people as they worked toward their employment goals.

Nebraska VR is an employment program for people with disabilities and partners with entities statewide to help people with disabilities reach employment goals.

The Principal Foundation invests in building strong communities around the world, helping others learn more, earn more and save more.

Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska’s mission is to help people with disabilities or barriers […]

June 16th, 2020|
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