Mission

A community where the talents and value of all people are celebrated.

To support persons with disabilities and other barriers to independence in achieving their fullest potential as workers and as members of the broader community.

Goodwill helps persons with disabilities as well as people who are at an economic disadvantage, or may lack education or work experience.

Building Relationships with Employers Helps Goodwill Clients Reach Their Goals

An integral part of helping Goodwill Keystone Area clients achieve success is the formation of relationships with local employers. Employment specialists and other Mission staff make it a priority to foster continuing relations with businesses who may be interested in working with GKA clients or who have found benefit in hiring clients in the past. One such employer is the Walmart Supercenter in Elizabethville, and two GKA clients who have been successful there are Abdul and Blair.

Abdul started in the self-checkout area, but quickly moved on to cashier. During the busy holiday shopping season, he was ranked first in accuracy of all the cashiers. Quite the go-getter, Abdul also works at the nearby Dunkin Donuts as an overnight baker and has achieved his goal of saving enough money to buy a car; now, he no longer has to walk along busy Route 209 in all types of weather to get to work. His co-worker said, “We love him. We all like him. If he can help you, he will.”

Blair

Blair applied to and was hired by Walmart himself, without the help of his employment specialist. At first, he was unsure if he could handle the duties and if the position would be a good fit. Now, he has mastered his job and trains new employees in the self-checkout area with glowing reviews from his supervisor. In addition to the regular paycheck, Blair is thankful for the boost in confidence that successful employment has brought him.

Be sure to say hello to Abdul and Blair the next time you find yourself at the Walmart in Elizabethville!

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Sean Finds Success with Customized Employment

Sean was having some trouble finding a job with an employer who was able to accommodate his needs. His Goodwill Employment Specialist, Tammy, had previously discussed Customized Employment with staff at Premier at Susquehanna, a nursing and rehabilitation facility in Millersburg, and thought it might be a good fit for Sean. She set up an interview, and Sean was hired right away!

Premier at Susquehanna was able to create a custom position for Sean that accommodates his needs and abilities while also meeting the needs of the business. Sean works three to four days a week (sometimes more if he gets called in), folding towels, gowns, blankets, sheets and linens while keeping an accurate count of the items he folds. Because he has been doing so well, his supervisors are keen on expanding his job duties; soon, Sean will be learning how to use the washers and dryers.

Outside of work, Sean spends time at Portraits of Life in Lykens and at God’s Puzzle Pieces in Millersburg. He enjoys listening to music and singing, spending time with his family and horseback riding.

Customized Employment is a process for individualizing the employment relationship between a job seeker and an employer that is based on a match between the unique strengths, needs and interests of the job seeker and the identified business needs of the employer. 

For more information about Customized Employment, please contact Jennifer Adams, Discovery & Customized Employment Specialist, at 717.347.5305 or jadams@yourgoodwill.org.


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Tiffany's Mission Success

For more information about Goodwill’s programs and services, contact Sue Soderberg
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or call 717.394.0647


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Patrick's Mission Success

For more information about Goodwill’s programs and services, contact Sue Soderberg
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or call 717.394.0647


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Josh finds employment success.

After graduating from Millersburg High School, Josh needed some direction in finding a job. He was referred to Goodwill and worked with Tammy, his employment specialist, in completing work assessments to find his strengths and determine what type of job would be a good fit.

Josh did four work assessments – stocking shelves at a drug store, stocking shelves at a grocery store (where he worked so fast he was given some end caps to do as well), hanging clothes at the Elizabethville Goodwill store, and food service work at the Millersburg High School cafeteria. Josh had previous food service experience, having worked at the Jump Start Café at the high school and earning his ServSafe certification while still a student. He remained interested in pursuing food service, and his employment specialist was able to set up interviews at local establishments. He was offered a position at Denny’s Lennies in Halifax just two days after being interviewed!

Josh began working at Denny’s Lennies in June. He helps with food prep work, packaging condiments, and switching containers in the cooler, and he is quickly learning new skills and responsibilities. He is quite the presence in the food prep area, having fun and singing along to the radio with his co-workers.

Be sure to stop at Denny’s Lennies to say hi to Josh the next time you’re in Halifax!

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