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.

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!

 

Brighter Opportunities for Marcy at Goodwill

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.