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Every day, hundreds of people in our community struggle to acquire or keep a job. Each of them has a different story to tell; whether they have been laid off from a long-term job, were stay-at-home moms trying to get back into the workforce, or have some form of a physical or developmental disability – […]
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She’s quiet, but her work ethic speaks volumes. Denise Jendrzejak is liked and respected by everyone at Burger King on Monroe, near Westfield Franklin Park mall. Denise has been with Burger King since May 30, 2012. Before coming to Goodwill, and now Burger King, she was unemployed for eight years. Now that she is employed, it is hard to think of her without the job.
Zach Kohring’s job at St. Mark’s Lutheran church is to make it sparkle. Goodwill hired Zach in October, as part of the Janitorial Contracts department. Now he cleans at St. Mark’s, and they are both are equally grateful. Before coming to Goodwill, Zach was cleaning at his church, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Zach enjoys working in the church. “It is quiet and the people are nice.”
Corey Miller, like millions of employed people, appreciates his job. Unlike so many, Corey believes his employer saved his life. Corey came to Goodwill in December 2011 as a client in the Janitorial Training program. After successfully completing the program, he started looking for a job.
Marilyn Lockridge, newly employed with Goodwill Industries, is an outspoken, confident and enthusiastic person. She insists this was not always so. A lifelong Goodwill store shopper, Marilyn says, “I thought how wonderful it would be to work for Goodwill.” Her lack of confidence in her abilities kept her unemployed for 20 years.
Precious Taylor, a senior at Whitmer High School, recently completed a volunteer work program with Goodwill Industries. She learned more than cleaning techniques; she also learned to be more confident. Precious was able to work with Goodwill during the final semester of her junior year at Whitmer High School. She enjoyed the experience so much she asked to volunteer over the summer.