APA Award

Congratulations to our Goodwill Building The Future Team

By | Goodwill News, Reentry Program, Testimonials

Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio was recognized as an Excellent Community Partner for its support of the Reentry Coalition of Northwest Ohio and its community reentry events. Karyn McConnell, Director of Mission Services; Willie Knighten, BTF Navigator; and Jacob Spellis, BTF Navigator sit on the Board of Directors for the Reentry Coalition. Willie and Jacob are the Chairmen of the Employment Committee while Karyn will chair the newly-created Women’s Committee beginning next year.

Goodwill’s reentry efforts are certainly being noticed in the community!

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Meet Trish

By | Contract Services, Success Stories, Testimonials

Trish came to Goodwill in July, 2017 through the Building the Future program (BTF). BTF is designed to help re-entry citizens successfully integrate back into society. Trish’s first assignment was to work on an envelope sorting project where she quickly distinguished herself and became project manager. As such, she managed 15-17 youth program participants and kept them on task.

Trish did such a fantastic job with the project that she was quickly promoted to a new position within Goodwill, Janitorial Crew Leader. Currently, she is the Crew Leader for the District Headquarters contract.

She takes the lead and responsibility of transporting and supervising six crew members to and from the facility. Additionally she has taken on other responsibilities such as leading the crew for the newly awarded TARTA contract.

“I thought I was coming to Goodwill to simply have a job and to help get my life on track”, said Trish. “Little did I know it would shape my life and give me purpose I didn’t think possible. It was the first time that I set a goal for myself and accomplished it. I did it!”

Trish plans on advancing further within Goodwill and someday hopes to become the Director of Contracts. She further states, “I see Goodwill as this place that really helps people no one thinks about. People that come out of prison, people with disabilities, or people that just need a chance. I love to help people, and Goodwill is a place that has given me the opportunity to help others and I’m grateful for that.”

Congratulations Trish, and thank you for Believing in the Power of Work!

Goodwill Success Story NaKayla

NaKayla Finds Her Way With Help From Goodwill

By | Success Stories, Testimonials

Goodwill Success Story NaKaylaNaKayla came to Goodwill lacking confidence and self-assurance but wanted to work hard to find employment in the community. After working with Goodwill employment specialists, NaKayla became more confident and resilient in her search for employment. She is now extremely proud of her efforts and has been hired by the Toledo Zoo as a staff member in concessions.

“Goodwill taught me to be more confident in myself, keep advancing, and never give up my search for employment. They showed me how to fill out an application, how to answer interview questions, everything,” said, NaKayla. “I love my job, because I’m able to make friends and look forward to going to work each day. Thank you Goodwill for all you have done for me!”

Goodwill is extremely proud of NaKayla and looks forward to helping her advance in her career!

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