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Charlie S. was recently hired at a local Mobil One gas station. Charlie was able to obtain this job with help from Goodwill’s Supported Employment Program and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. The Supported Employment Program is all about job developers helping individuals find employment in the community. Once placed, a job coach continues to provide training and support to ensure success and build independence.

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Mike, a young man with Down syndrome, knows first-hand the importance of having a job, and the sense of pride and responsibility it creates, especially when your family is depending on you for financial support. While living in a challenging family situation, Mike came to Goodwill through the Work Services program for on-the-job training and classroom instruction while being encouraged to strengthen his social and teamwork skills in a supportive environment.

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Stephen Gielczyk

Goodwill is proud to support and employ veterans like Stephen Gielczyk, HR Generalist at Naval Station Great Lakes. He is one of six siblings (out of eight) that enlisted in the Navy, saying that he never considered another branch of service. Over 40 years ago he joined the Navy, spending 30 of those years traveling all over the world!

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Busy means fun to him

It’s easy to see why Nick L. enjoys his job as a Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Worker at the Wisconsin Athletic Club(WAC) in Menomonee Falls.

“I love the people, both the staff and the guests. Everyone is so friendly and helpful. It’s a fun place to work.”

Nick began his temporary work experience, which was supported by Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), at the WAC in February 2015 and was hired in March. He said he “looks forward to work days” which are three morning shifts per week.

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Driven to Succeed

“Now that I met my goal of getting a job, my next goal is to find my own place.”

Brittany W. reached her first goal when she was hired as a Dining Room Attendant at Serb Hall in January 2015. She assists with event set-up duties which include setting out tables/chairs, linens, rolling silverware, cleaning and bussing tables. She works in a team environment where she is able to demonstrate her strong individual working skills.

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Gino's Success Story

Working Hard at Hardee’s

Gino is a man of many talents and as he started his path with Goodwill’s Work Services program, he soon expressed how he wanted something different and more for himself. Gino was able to find that at Hardee’s Restaurant. As a combined food preparation and service worker at Hardee’s, Gino assists with food preparation, unloads trucks and puts items away, double checks the inventory sheet, changes ice/soda machines, brings food out to the customers and helps out with keeping the lobby area clean, especially during the very busy classic car shows.

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With gang violence and crime in her neighborhood, Christine knows the importance of making good choices, given the harsh realities of the world around her. Having lost a brother to a brain aneurism and with a second brother estranged from the family due to alcohol, Christine relies on the support and encouragement of her mother and father to seek out better options.

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Faced with poverty and limited career options, Mirabel left her home in the Republic of Cameroon in West Africa, with only her faith and hope for a better life for her family. Mirabel arrived in the United States with her husband in 2016 on a visa, as a part of the U.S. Department of State Diversity Lottery. Upon arrival in the United States, finding employment was her number one priority. With communications challenges and little time to adjust to life on a new continent, Mirabel was uncertain where to turn.

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A Bright Future Ahead

If you ask Musetta about her future dreams, she does not hesitate with her response. “I want to get my degree in child care. Then I want to move to California and work in child care.”

Musetta has worked at Best Western as a building cleaner since June 2014. While working, Musetta attends child care classes at MATC after her shift or on her days off in hopes of making her future dream a reality. Her accomplishment of this goal can be attributed to the assistance and support of her family, friends, multiple Goodwill programs, the State of Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and Milwaukee County Department of Family Care for Community Access.

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Making People Smile

“Demetrius brings a positive energy to work everyday!”

Speedway Manager Marcos raves about the positivity that Demetrius brings to his job as a customer service attendant.

Demetrius is popular with many of the customers. He often sees old teachers, friends, and classmates at Speedway, chatting with them while he stocks supplies around the food and coffee areas and ensures a clean workplace. His fun, active personality is evident in their smiling faces.

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