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!
When Marcy moved out of her parents’ house, she had limited opportunities. At that time, she didn’t have a Driver’s License and this limited her to only a few jobs. She also was lacking some critical job skills to be successful in a job. Marcy was referred to the Community Based Vocational Training Program in Iowa Falls to gain valuable job skills. Marcy was successful through the program and was awarded a certificate for the significant progress that she had made.
Marcy started at the Mason City store 11 years ago and has learned and grown in the store. She started as general retail and was promoted to Team Lead. Marcy comes into work every day with a smile on her face ready to do her job. Marcy prides herself on her friendly service when she is at the register. She has had customers compliment her about how helpful and friendly she is on the floor. Marcy loves that Goodwill can help veterans through Boots to Suits and school-aged kids through the Shoe and Mitten Parties. Marcy likes being a part of Goodwill and wants to continue to grow with Goodwill in the future.
When you make a monetary donation, you help support our veterans and children in need in our community for our Boots to Suits and Shoe and Mitten Parties. Our Boots to Suits program is for veterans who need clothing. They receive $40 Goodwill gift cards to use in our Goodwill stores to thank them for their service to our country and to give them a hand up. Our Shoe and Mitten Parties are held every December in seventeen of our store locations to children in need. Each child receives shoes, a pair of socks, hats, and mittens for the winter months ahead. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation visit https://www.goodwillgreatplains.org/donate/monetary-gifts/. Your donations are greatly appreciated.
Job Description: The Skills Trainers works with many different participants for many different reasons. Everyone is in the program for some type of supportive services. Overall, a skills trainer needs to be adaptable, supportive, and empathetic to the specific needs of the participants that they work with.
What we do: As a skills trainer I provide education and support of soft skills. The soft skills we focus on are the personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people. These are a combination of people skills, social skills, communication skills, character/personality traits, attitudes, career attributes, social and emotional intelligence.
What I like: I like the variety of this job. I like the opportunity to work with the variety of people that are in the program. I really enjoy assisting someone overcome a barrier in their life.
Who’s my hero: Anyone who has the courage to overcome something that tried to stop them from accomplishing a dream.
What’s my biggest fear: Fear itself.
What’s my favorite holiday: Thanksgiving. Because no one is worried about presents.
Hello! My name is Chasity. At Goodwill I have a dual role. I am the skills trainer and the employment specialist in Sioux Falls. As a skills trainer I teach participants the soft skills needed to be successful in the competitive work field. We teach them how to be on time, how to clock in, how to engage properly with their coworkers, and how to stay on track amongst other things. We also teach them how to approach management if they have questions or concerns. Any issues that come up we tackle them together. We are a team. What I love most is when you see the confidence build in the individuals. It is truly amazing to help be part of someone else’s positive personal growth. It’s so neat to be part of their support team. When you see the participant complete the program and move on to search for competitive employment its very rewarding. I am very lucky to have been given this opportunity to work here. I love what I do at Goodwill.
Who is your hero?
- Hero: Charles Alderton: Creator of Dr Pepper OR Leslie Knope (Parks and Rec, played by Amy Poehler)
What is your biggest fear?
- Not being a successful parent to my children.
What is your favorite holiday?
- Thanksgiving! Because it is all about family, friends and food.
Hello! My name is Jerrica and I work in our Prevocational Services Dept. I help guide and support our program participants in learning and obtaining job skills necessary to prepare for successful and competitive employment. My favorite part about my job is being able to help our program participants find their strengths and watch them grow once they also see what they are capable of.
If you have 3 adjectives to describe yourself what would they be?
- I would say I am passionate, positive and enthusiastic about what I do.
What are you most grateful for?
- I am most grateful for my family and music.
What was your favorite subject in school?
- My favorite subject in school was history.