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October 2021

Meet Yashica: Skill Up to Move Up

By Goodwill News, Success Stories, Workforce Development

Skill Up to Move Up (“SUMU”) works to remove barriers to employment recognizing that success is rarely a straight line from point A to point B.  Our participant, Yashica, connected with her success coach, Lakishia, to address educational barriers, primarily a lack of access to technology. Lakishia worked with the SUMU partners to find this much-needed resource and now Yashica is taking part in GED online classes.

Yashica and Lakishia continued to work together researching the best training opportunities for her.  As a result, she was able to receive her Forklift Certification and is actively seeking employment in the Manufacturing Industry.  The SUMU team is committed to helping its participants define what success means to them and how to establish their path to achieving their goals.

Meet Adam: Summer Youth Work Experience

By Goodwill News, Success Stories, Workforce Development

Adam participated in the Summer Youth Work Experience last summer and received services from Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities for vocational services.  While participating in summer youth, he gained viable work history and showed a great work ethic.  After summer youth, he participated in job development services to search for permanent community employment.  Adam had the opportunity to interview with Marshall’s and was offered the job on the spot.  He accepted the position and started working that same week.  His job duties include cleaning high-touch areas, collecting carts, layups, and greeting customers as they come into the store. By Adam participating in summer youth, he was able to take those skills he learned and apply them to his job at Marshall’s.  Keep up the great work Adam!

Meet Jose: Reentering Citizen

By Reentry Program, Success Stories, Workforce Development

Jose came to Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio, Inc. in the fall of 2020 for Job Development services as a referral from the State of Ohio Office of Opportunity for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD).  In addition, Jose was a returning citizen to the Toledo community after a long prison sentence. This allowed him to be placed in the Goodwill Reentry program as well.  Jose performed well in job training and began the portion of job development in early 2020.  His job search was paused because of Covid-19 during the winter and spring of 2020.

Once services resumed, Jose applied for a position in the Goodwill Contracts Division as a Driver.  His job duties are to drive a team of Goodwill janitors to a designated job site and return them to the Goodwill office at the end of their shift.  He also performed janitorial duties at the site as part of the team.  Jose has performed his job in an exemplary manner.  A driver position is extremely important because the entire janitorial team is dependent upon his attendance, timeliness, and consistency.  His supervisor always speaks well of him and he has been a welcome addition to the Goodwill family.  The position has allowed him to become a productive member of the community as well as giving him the resources to take care of his family.