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Goodwill Success Story: Meet Rachel
Goodwill Industries of Tulsa

 

Rachel remembers feeling nervous when she decided to attend Goodwill TulsaWORKS class earlier this year because she’s always had a hard time believing in herself.

But that pitfall did not last long after earning her CLEET certification following the completion of Goodwill’s Unarmed Private Security course. When Rachel walked through our doors again this month, our staff had to do a double-take. The Rachel they once knew is now radiating confidence! Rachel is happily employed as a security supervisor where she oversees four sites, handles staff scheduling, and serves as the main point of contact with the building owners to ensure their security needs are met by her team.

“I enjoy meeting new people,” Rachel said. “I am so grateful I not only completed the course at TulsaWORKS Career Academy, but also landed a job I love through Goodwill’s community relationships.”

Each TulsaWORKS student meets with a Goodwill Career Navigator who offers support and resources. “My Career Navigator, Angela, was welcoming, she answered all my questions and made me feel comfortable,” Rachel said. “Angela believed in me. And that helped me believe in myself.”

Goodwill exists to see lives improved through the power of work. It is always an encouraging day for our staff when they see former students, like Rachel, come by to share their career success!



The Lumina Talent Hub and Goodwill
Goodwill Industries of Tulsa

Have you heard? Tulsa has been named a Talent Hub by the Lumina Foundation!

The Tulsa Talent Hub will focus on increasing the number of people in our community with education and certifications beyond high school. In partnership with the Lumina Foundation and Tulsa Regional Chamber, Goodwill plans to strengthen its workforce development programs for individuals with barriers to employment.

Goodwill TulsaWORKS Career Academy provides job training that leads to certifications for in-demand jobs right here in Tulsa. Recently, Tulsa Regional Chamber brought representatives from Equal Measure to meet with Goodwill to learn more about its good work in the community.

Goodwill TulsaWORKS graduates shared their career success as a result of completing courses. Danielle, a recent graduate of Goodwill TulsaWORKS’s Computer Support Tech course, said “As a single mom, Goodwill helped me make immediate advancements in my career pathway by showing me practical steps to take.”

Goodwill’s community partners shared their experience working with Goodwill to achieve their hiring needs to fill in-demand jobs with trained employees. Emily with the BOK exclaimed, “As a recruiter, this place is a goldmine!”

Kuma with Tulsa Regional Chamber, along with Kim and Victoria with Equal Measure, ended the day touring Goodwill TulsaWORKS Career Academy. “I am so proud of the collaboration between Goodwill, our Tulsa employers, and our graduates,” Sabrina Ware, director of Goodwill TulsaWORKS Career Academy said. "Today demonstrated the ways training at Goodwill produces certified talent to fill open positions, which not only creates career pathways for our students, but also improves their lives.”

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Tulsa Regional Chamber, tulsachamber.com

Lumina Foundation, luminafoundation.org

Equal Measure, www.equalmeasure.org



Goodwill Success Story: Meet David
Goodwill Industries of Tulsa

 

David has worked consistently for Goodwill since May 29, 2004. He is a document destruction worker. For 14 years, he has shown up on time and ready to work Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at OSU Medical Center, where he shreds confidential information.

David has developed a system that lets him work at a quick pace. He is meticulous in removing paper clips and other potential hazards from the documents. He is serious about sorting. He keeps his space organized, sweeping the work area and taking out shred bags. David looks forward to completing these tasks each and every day, and he takes pride in his ability to perform his job.

You bet he does.

David, 61, has mild intellectual disability. He also has paraplegia/periapsis due to his being struck by a car while riding a bicycle in 1990. He is confined to a wheelchair and wears a brace on his left hand. Appropriate social interactions with others used to be hard for him, and David struggled with impulsivity and a harsh temperament.

Despite it all, David has developed skills that allow him to work safely and as independently as possible in Goodwill’s Community-Based program. With support from his Goodwill Job Coaches, David has improved in his social skills and he maintains a professional attitude with his coworkers, refraining from impulsive reactions and managing his temperament.

“I like the job coaches,” David said. “They know what to say.”

David is an example of how individuals with disabilities can feel like contributing members of society when they receive the supports they require to be successful. Through the Goodwill program, David has the satisfaction of working and earning a paycheck despite his disabilities.

David’s work ethic earned him many awards for perfect attendance over the years. The streak ended in 2017, when a sudden health issue left him hospitalized. After a recovery period of several months, David returned and worked 3.25 hours per day. In September, he extended his work hours to 4.25 hours per day. David is excited to return to his regular schedule beginning in January 2019.

“I love it,” David said of his job. “It never gets boring.”

Outside of work, David enjoys drawing and coloring. He often does his art while listening to his favorite musician, Elvis Presley. Sometimes, he even gets to listen at work.

“Elvis is in the building!” David said.


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