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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|

Goodwill Is Seeking Shared Living Providers

Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska is seeking individuals and families to become Shared Living Providers for individuals living with developmental disabilities. A Shared Living Provider opens their home to a person living with a developmental disability, providing them a caring place to live and teaching daily activities of living and independent living skills. A person living with the disability moves into the home of the Shared Living Provider and becomes a part of their family. The Shared Living Provider is responsible for attending to everyday daily living needs, transportation, and accessing the community.

Shared Living Providers are independent contractors with training provided prior to service delivery. Shelby Heinen, Shared Living Home Manager with Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska encourages the community to learn more, “I have seen first-hand that when individuals live in a shared living environment, there is more consistency and one on one attention, which helps individuals thrive in their everyday lives. Improvements in health, hygiene, communication and forming positive relationships are what we see. A shared living environment is so person centered that people really get a chance to work on their goals and become as independent as possible.”

Zach is […]

April 23rd, 2020|

Goodwill Industries of Greater NE Opens Store in McCook

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 Webb and South Locust, Hastings and Columbus.

Goodwill is familiar with the McCook community, hosting consistent donation drives for many years and providing Employment and Career Services to individuals living with disabilities since 2012.  “The revenue generated from the sale of merchandise supports the employment, independent living and recovery programs offered to people living with disabilities in communities across central and western Nebraska,” said Tammy Slater, CEO of Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska. “We are excited to be opening a store in McCook. McCook is a wonderful community and we appreciate the support we […]

February 2nd, 2020|
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