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Beka

Giving people hope for a better future is part of our mission at Goodwill. Every day we serve individuals in our job training programs who need encouragement and a support system to show them they can achieve their hopes and dreams. Beka is an outstanding example of an individual we serve who appreciates the support system she has found at Goodwill.

“When I first came to Goodwill, I was struggling with personal issues. In the first few months of the program, I questioned my work and was nervous to talk to people. Getting back into the workforce was a challenge after being off for a couple of years. Through the support systems at Goodwill, I am proud I have been able to break through the barriers of social anxiety. Goodwill has helped me with my confidence and social skills throughout the program. Going forward, I would like to continue to learn new tasks, increase my hours, and do more volunteering in the community.”

Goodwill’s job training programs are changing lives every day by giving individuals an opportunity to gain valuable job skills necessary to be successful in today’s job market. Your support means the world to individuals, such as Beka, who are given a chance to create a better life for herself and her kids.

Matt

Hardworking. Dedicated. Caring. Flexible. All describe Matt who is in our Pre-Vocational Training Program. It is likely you have seen Matt stocking new bins in our outlet store or at the donation door of our retail store accepting donations with an energetic can-do spirit. Matt’s willingness to do what is needed will make him a great asset for any organization he wants to work for in the future.

“I wanted to learn new things at Goodwill. One of the skills I have learned is clocking in and out. At first, I was nervous about asking questions but now I have the confidence to ask. I like to keep busy during my shift and I try to keep a positive attitude and be kind to everyone. I am now ready to try something different and find work in the community. I am interested in stocking at a retail store.”

You make a difference in Matt’s life by shopping or donating at any of our 21 retail locations. You give individuals like Matt the opportunity to create a better life for themselves and a chance to succeed in today’s job market and be the best version of himself.

Thank you for your support!

Kelsey

A welcoming work environment is what Kelsey has discovered at Goodwill. Kelsey recently started as a Direct Support Provider in our Integrated Day Services Program and wanted to share her positive experience at Goodwill.


“I previously worked at Casey’s for 3 years and while I worked there, we had a client in a work program who I enjoyed working and interacting with. This made me realize the work field I wanted to be involved in. I love my job at Goodwill. During my first couple of days, my co-workers were all welcoming and easy to get along with. It is nice working with people that want to help. I truly enjoy working with the individuals we serve. I find fulfillment in my job, and I am excited to work at Goodwill.”


We are excited to welcome Kelsey to the Goodwill family! If you see her out in the community, please say, “Hello”.

Treasa

Treasa’s bright smile and positive energy when you meet her is contagious. Her willingness to be a shining light for her fellow peers is evident through her daily work. She is excited about her next chapter with Goodwill in the Work Readiness Assessment program. Treasa will have the opportunity to dig deeper into possible jobs in the community she could see as a career. Recently, she talked about her experience in the Pre-Vocational Training Program and the significant progress she has made.

“In the past, I worked at several places. I struggled to keep a job. When I came to Goodwill, I would bring my problems to work. I have now learned how to cope when situations happen. I am proud of my job coaches. Through everything, they have supported and stood by me. Sometimes, I cannot bend over because of my back, and they are accommodating. I have learned a lot of things at Goodwill. I have learned the value of hard work. I am focused on getting the job done when I am here.  I had trouble with communication at first, but my job coaches have helped me communicate better. My goal is to work as a bagger at Fareway, helping pack up customers’ groceries and bringing their groceries out to their car.”  

Goodwill’s Job Training Programs give individuals a life-changing opportunity to develop critical skills needed to be competitive in today’s job market. Shopping or donating to Goodwill contributes to our incredible mission of changing lives through job training and employment.

Jesus

A servant’s heart describes exactly who Jesus is. Walking through the aisles of Sioux City Goodwill, you will find him helping to train new program participants on proper stocking and customer first standards. Jesus is always thinking of others and being a helping hand when needed. His work has made a great addition to the Sioux City team.

“I started working in the e-store and eventually worked myself up to training individuals on scanning books. I moved over to the retail store and was given the task of stocking new merchandise on the sales floor. I love working at Goodwill because I have the opportunity to work with others and help team members when needed. I have become more independent during my experience in the Pre-Vocational Training Program. My goals are to continue working in the retail store to gain more experience to prepare for work in the community.”

The next time you are shopping in the Sioux City Goodwill, give Jesus a warm, “Hello!”