The Smiling Face of Goodwill

As soon as you walk through the doors of the Goodwill Support Center you will see Keegan with a big smile on his face greeting you with a warm, pleasant, “Hello, how are you?” Keegan has been with Goodwill for 3 years and has made a lasting impact on everyone he meets. He loves his job at Goodwill as a phone operator and being the first one to meet and greet people each morning. Keegan likes being around people here at Goodwill and enjoys working with everyone. Keegan has an upbeat, outgoing personality that we are happy to have at Goodwill. Let’s learn more about Keegan!

  • What is your favorite movie?
    • The Fast and Furious Franchise
  • What is your favorite type of music?
    • Classic Rock
  • What is your favorite band/artist?
    • AC/DC
  • What is your favorite book?
    • The Series of Unfortunate of Events and Harry Potter
  • What is your favorite TV Show?
    • NCIS
  • Who is your favorite college sports team?
    • Iowa State Cyclones

Meet the Program Managers-Maggie

 

Hello! My name is Maggie. I manage our Pre-Vocational Program for adults with Mental Illness and Brain Injury.  Individuals who have a desire to work but struggle with mental illness or a brain injury come to me and I work with them for 2 years to prepare them to transition into community employment.  I work with them on many different skills that are needed for anyone to be able to maintain employment at any location.  I truly enjoy watching people come to me with struggles and barriers and grow over the two years I work with them.  It is so rewarding to see how people can succeed when they never thought they could.

What do you wish you knew more about?

  • I wish I could expand my knowledge on Mental Illness and Abnormal Psychology. I have learned so much working in the job I do, but my desire to continue learning is strong.

What would be your ideal way to spend the weekend?

  • My ideal way to spend a weekend would be to take a trip and see a new place I have never been. I love meeting new people, exploring new places, and experiencing new cultures.

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

  • I believe everyone should take at least one trip outside of the country to a place they have never been.  It is truly amazing to experience other cultures and to be able to live the way they do for a small period of time.  My travels have opened my eyes to so much and I believe everyone should experience that feeling at least once during their lifetime.

Meet the Program Managers-Dan

Hello! My name is Daniel and I am a program manager for Vocational Services here at Goodwill.  I currently oversee student work programming called Youth Employment Services, along with the Prevocational Training program for those with an Intellectual Disability.  I am responsible for helping these individuals gain soft skills to better prepare them for community employment someday so they have the best chance to succeed outside of a Goodwill setting.  We want the people we serve to be able to be as self-sufficient as they possibly can and gaining and maintaining community employment goes a long way towards that goal.

What do you wish you knew more about?

  • I wish I knew more about how to play the guitar. I joke that I am great with the plastic guitar because I like to play games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero in my free time, but I have always had a desire to learn how to play the actual guitar.  Some day I hope to do so.

What would be your idea way to spend the weekend?

  • My ideal way to spend a weekend is being able to relax and not have to feel the need to run all over the place. With 2 daughters involved in several activities, it is nice to be able to just take a breather, but even then my oldest is involved in club volleyball which takes place on weekends.  Just constantly on the move!

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

  • I think everyone should have the opportunity to see their favorite musician or band live. I will never forget the first concert I went to was Disturbed when they came to Sioux City way back in the early 2000s, and it was an amazing experience.  I love listening to music, and I just love the atmosphere of a concert.  It is something everyone should get to experience.

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.

 

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.