Job Center Spotlight-Sioux Falls

Each week we are going to spotlight one of our job centers. This week we are spotlighting our Job Center at 3400 S. Norton Ave. Sioux Falls, SD.  Our Job Centers are a great free employment resource for our community to use to search and apply for jobs, improve computer skills and access community resources. Our Job Center Representative, Eduardo is willing to help you reach your employment goals. Let’s learn more about Eduardo

Eduardo

  • Are you a dog or cat person (or both or neither)?
    • Cat
  • What is the best vacation you ever had?
    • Orlando Universal Studios with my family
  • What fictional place would you like to visit?
    • Singing Towers of Darillium (Doctor Who)

Come visit Eduardo at our Job Center in Sioux Falls, SD. The Job Center hours are Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm and Friday 9am-noon.

Deana’s Journey to Reaching Her Dreams

Social anxiety is a condition where an individual has difficulty feeling comfortable interacting with people. Deana had been dealing with social anxiety for years and she didn’t feel comfortable leaving the comforts of her house. Unfortunately, her husband lost his job due to the plant shutting down. There was no income coming in, so they had to do something to put food on the table and a safe home for their goddaughter who they just received guardianship for.

Deana and her husband went to the Department of Human Services to receive assistance during this difficult time. They applied for Food Stamps and they helped her husband get a job. However, to receive this assistance Deana had to enter a Goodwill program. Deana started the Employment Skills Training Program through the South Dakota Department of Vocational Rehabilitation. Deana’s work site was provided through Goodwill.

Deana was nervous about working at Goodwill and didn’t know what to expect. “My first day in the door I didn’t know what to think of these people. I was shy and quiet,” Deana said. After about 3 days into this 6-week program Deana fell in love with Goodwill and the culture. She knew that this was where she was meant to be. After the 6-week period, Deana and the staff knew that she still had areas to improve upon. The program was extended to 12 weeks. Deana didn’t have a problem with this though. She said with positive attitude, “I had nowhere to go but up.”

Family is an important part of her life both at home and at work. “We are a strong family at Goodwill,” Deana said.  Deana believes that coming to work with a great team is everything to her. Deana’s family extends to her customers also. “We laugh and pray together,” Deana stated with joy.

Deana is now in the LEAP UP program working towards receiving her High School Diploma. The LEAP UP program has been a challenge for Deana because she has a learning disability, but Deana is determined to work towards her goals. Deana said gratefully, “I have great plans for my life that I never would have achieved had it not been for Goodwill.”

A chance to succeed is a crucial part of the Goodwill mission. At Goodwill, we give people the resources to create a better life for themselves and their families. Our philosophy at Goodwill is we give people “a hand up not a handout.”  We believe that if people are given the resources to succeed they will be able to become self-sufficient.  We serve many people like Deana who need some assistance with developing job skills. Making a monetary donation is a vital role that you can play in supporting Goodwill programs. These donations are not only tax deductible, but you are helping individuals find employment to reach their goals.

A Welcoming Environment at Goodwill Job Center

After living in Liberia, Mark came to the United States in 2011 looking for better opportunities in life. He spent seven years in Charlotte, NC before moving to Sioux Falls in January 2018.

As any transition, this move came with many challenges. One of those challenges included finding employment. Mark was fortunate to have family and friends to help accommodate his new life in Sioux Falls.

It was one of those family members that told Mark about the Goodwill Job Center. On his first visit to the Job Center he found a welcoming environment, formed new relationships, and found resources about the employers and job opportunities in the area.

Many doors opened for Mark. It wasn’t just a job what Mark found, but the possibility to accomplish his dreams of better opportunities in life through a well-paid job.

Mark is currently working in the Sioux Falls School District. When Mark was asked about what the most important thing he found in the Job Center he answered, “You make jobs available to me. I am always welcome in the Job Center.”

When you make a monetary donation, donate goods, or shop in our stores you are helping support our Job Centers and help individuals like Mark, gain access to employment resources in the community. Our Goodwill Job Centers link job seekers to staff and technology to search and apply for jobs, improve computer skills and access community resources. Each Job Center employs trained staff who look forward to working with you to reach your employment goals. Our Job Center locations are in Sioux City, IA, Storm Lake, IA, Rapid City, SD, and Sioux Falls, SD. The hours of our Job Centers are Monday-Thursday from 9:00am to 5:00pm and Friday from 9:00am to 12:00pm.