Our Connection Centers have been rebranded as Goodwill Job Centers!

Connection Center    

We’ve made it our mission to make every aspect of searching for a job better for our clients.  It’s time our name and brand reflect the scope of who we are and what we do – so we’re excited to announce that our Connection Centers have been rebranded as Goodwill Job Centers.  The only thing that has changed is our name and logo.  We are still here at the same locations, with the same excellent staff to assist you with any job search needs.

Justin – The Story Behind The Stores

I wanted to get a job so I could be around people and earn money.  I started at Voc Rehab, and then participated in the WAT program.  I liked learning to work and feeling productive.   After the Goodwill WAT program an Employment Specialist helped me find a job at the Civic Center.  I like working at the Civic Center because I enjoy meeting new people and having conversations. I believe that I’m doing a good job there. Goodwill helped to prepare me to work in a group and learn good skills that will be useful forever. Good people at Goodwill.  I would eventually like to get my own place and learn to drive.

Tammy – The Story Behind The Stores

I came to Rapid City from Arizona looking for a new life, and was sleeping on an air mattress in my Grandma’s living room.

The first thing that I did was get in touch with South Dakota Vocational Rehabilitation at the Department of Human Services; after two meetings my counselor recommended that I go to the Work Adjustment Training program at Goodwill.  After the WAT program I worked with an Employment Specialist at Goodwill, and was eventually hired by the City of Rapid City working at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center as a part time dishwasher (9/27/17).

Today I work full time as a Senior Dishwasher/Prep Cook, train and supervise new employees, just recently got a raise, have my own place and am able to support myself.  My next goal is to register for Drivers Education and learn to drive.  I will soon be taking the next step in my life and will be transitioning.  Goodwill helped me learn more people skills, and helped get me out of my comfort zone.