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Meet the Skills Trainers-Molly

Hello! My name is Molly and I am a skills trainer at Goodwill.  I am so blessed because I love my job and look forward to coming to work every day.  Working for Goodwill means I have an impact in people’s lives; people who face physical, emotional or mental challenges.

As a skills trainer, I support and teach our participants a variety of things they will need to be employable such as job skills, coping skills, behavior modification, and how to communicate appropriately and many other things. What I love most about my job is developing relationships with our participants and watching them reach their goals and gain confidence in themselves and their work.

What brings you the greatest joy?

  • My greatest joys are my family, my fur babies and traveling.   A few places on my bucket list include traveling to Ireland, Italy, and Greece as well as every national park in the United States

What is your greatest fear?

  • My greatest fear is my son, who is a police officer, getting hurt or killed or losing any of my kids.

What are some interesting facts about you?

  • I desperately love animals and could easily be a crazy old cat or dog lady.
  • I have a sarcastic, warped sense of humor.
  • I love watching the TV show “Hoarders” because it inspires me to clean my house.
  • I love historic architecture and I am one of the founders of SiouxLandmark a local historic preservation group.

 

Marilyn’s Gratitude for Goodwill

Marilyn had been struggling for a while to find a job that was satisfying for her. She worked at jobs where she was having a hard time even paying for her bills. Marilyn wanted a job where she could have a purpose and look forward to waking up every day. A job that would help her pay for her bills and be able to put food on the table.

One day as Marilyn was driving by the Goodwill she saw that they were hiring for a Retail Associate. Marilyn interviewed, and got the job and before she knew it, she was promoted to Night Supervisor. Marilyn has been with Goodwill for 20 years and is currently the Assistant Store Manager at the Sioux Falls Kiwanis store.

With Goodwill, Marilyn has been given opportunities to advance herself and to create a better life. Goodwill has been a job that Marilyn has truly enjoyed. With gratitude, Marilyn stated, “I like coming into work and working towards a mission. I have been able to pay off both my house and truck because of Goodwill. I am thankful for what Goodwill has given me.”



When you donate or shop in our stores you are providing opportunities to people like Marilyn who was given a chance at a job and has used the resources that Goodwill has provided her to grow in the retail store and to have a good cause to work for. Your donations (monetary or goods) are tax deductible. Donate today and create opportunities for individuals such as Marilyn.

Meet the Program Managers-Jill

 

Jill has been with Goodwill for 6 years as the program manager and ETO administrator in Rapid City, SD. She leads the Rapid City Missions Services department and has been involved in disability services work for 30 years. Let’s learn more about Jill!

What is your favorite part of your job?

  • Being able to be a part of teaching people the tools they need to succeed and accomplish things they didn’t think they could accomplish.

What do you wish you knew more about?

  • I wish I was better at sign language (ASL)

What would be your idea way to spend the weekend?

  • Lazy clothes, relaxing, watching my history documentaries, not having any errands to run.

What is something you think everyone should do once in their lives?

  • Learn something new, something they’ve always wanted to learn but haven’t taken the time or didn’t think they could. Travel to a place they’ve never been, and not be in a hurry.

Meet the Skills Trainers-Monica

Hello! My name is Monica and I am one of the skills trainers at Goodwill. My job here is to support and coach individuals who are working towards a goal of becoming community employed. The individuals I engage with are looking to develop necessary job skills needed to be successful in any given work setting.  The thing I like most about this job is the variation in my day to day schedule. Every day is a literal new day with unexpected surprises, challenges and opportunities.

What is something you’ve been meaning to try but just haven’t got around to it?

  • Skydiving, I am a huge advocate of pushing myself past my comfort zone and skydiving definitely takes the cake!

What has been your favorite vacation?

  • During my first year of college I had the wonderful opportunity of traveling to London and Paris for two weeks. I saw Stonehenge, went to the top of the Eiffel towel and mastered the art of the London tube.

What are 3 interesting facts about you?

  • I just recently moved to Sioux City from Eugene, Oregon. Go Ducks!
  • I have been teaching my dog tricks in sign language
  • I am in the process of turning my property into a homestead. Chicken coop, vegetable garden, canning room…the whole shebang!

 

Spring Wardrobe Classics You Should Thrift Now

If you’re anything like me, you’re still bundled up and dealing with cold wintery temperatures. But if you’re also like me, you’re probably longing for the days of sunshine and nights with a nice breeze. That’s one of the reasons why spring is my favorite season. Besides the beautiful weather, it’s the perfect time to show off your style and have fun in vibrant colors and prints.

While trends are great, every wardrobe needs a few basics. These are the pieces that create the perfect foundation and are timeless. Because these items are such classics, you’ll be able to find them at your local Goodwill®. They’re high on fashion but low on price tags, which is always a great thing. The five classics below should be on your thrift shopping wish list for spring.

1.Trench Coat

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Credit: Wendy’s Lookbook

If there was only one lightweight piece of outerwear to add to your wardrobe for the season, let it be a trench coat. It seamlessly goes from work to weekend and casual to chic. Also, the cut flatters all figures. My go to style tip for trench coats? Swap out the belt to create a new look each time, from a thin belt to a waist-cinching peplum one.

2.Denim Jacket

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Credit: Baby Shopaholic

Another piece of outerwear that always stays on the wardrobe classics list has to be the denim jacket. It’s that perfect piece that adds a bit of warmth without any bulk. And it works well when layered over your favorite button down shirt or chunky sweater.

4.Anything floral

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Credit: Live Simply Plush

I know, I know. There’s nothing groundbreaking about florals for spring, but there’s no denying how perfect the print is for the season. Having a floral piece in your closet is just a must. It doesn’t have to be a brightly colored dress, but maybe a dark floral top or even just a belt. The print is simply timeless.

4.Silky Scarf

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Credit: Suburban Faux Pas

The last few months have been all about bundling up and chunky scarves. You don’t have to ditch the scarves fully, just opt for a silky one. One of my local Goodwill’s has a bin full of vintage, silk scarves for just $1. I stock up on them to tie them in my hair, around the handle of my purse and even wear as a beach cover up. There are just so many ways to rock one!

5.Mules

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Credit: Who What Wear

Finally, a good classic shoe for spring has to be a mule. This style made a comeback a few years ago, but I’d say it’s an absolute keeper for years to come. Instead of a completely open toe, which doesn’t work for colder months, an open back mule can take you through spring, summer and fall.