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.