Goodwill gives awards for
Graduates and Achievers of the Year
(SAVANNAH, Ga.) – Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire, Inc. recently honored its Graduates of the Year and Achievers of the Year. Goodwill Industries is dedicated to the mission of assisting people with disabilities and other barriers to employment to live independently and become employed. Goodwill has several programs and services customized to help different groups succeed and become independent and employed.
The Graduate of the Year for the Advance program is Kevin Robinson, for the Brunswick location Alegra Bradley; for Hinesville, Stephanie Haymans; for Sallie Mood Drive, Marvin Mattox; for the Buena Vida program, Susan Castillo Gonzalez.
The Achiever of the Year for the Advance program is Clevette Robinson, for the Brunswick location Walter McCloud; for the Hinesville location, Walter McCloud; for Sallie Mood Drive location, Kallin Bowers, for the GoodGuides program is Y’Mani Miller, for the Operation Open Doors program is Anthony Smith and for the Buena Vida program is Areli Saucedo Baza.
“It is a tremendous pleasure to see individuals come in with significant barriers to employment and overcome them,” said Nicholas C. Pecone, Vice President of Workforce Development. “When people are afforded an opportunity, their best efforts will usually shine through. Each of our award recipients have exhibited the qualities that make them winners.”
Goodwill offers several programs to help different groups live independently and become employed. ADVANCE Acquired Brain Injury Program is an award-winning brain injury day treatment program. Goodwill’s Operation Open Doors program helps homeless military veterans. Goodwill GoodGuides mentoring program targets youth between the ages of 12 and 17 who are at risk for making harmful choices by helping them build career plans, develop skills, prepare for school completion, post-secondary training and productive work. Goodwill’s Buena Vida outreach initiative in Lyons, Georgia offers Hispanic job seekers access to job leads and technology to prepare for and conduct an effective job search. Job seekers can enroll in classes to refine their language skills, write resumes, learn interviewing skills and develop an effective job search strategy.
“All participants are winners, and as a service provider, we simply polish the trophies,” said Brenda Pollen, Director of Workforce Development.
About Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire
Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire, Inc. is dedicated to the mission of assisting people with disabilities and other barriers to employment to live independently and become employed. The not-for-profit organization employs nearly 600 people, provided services to 18,916 people and placed 644 people in jobs in our community this past year. Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire serves 33 counties in Georgia and South Carolina and operates 13 retail locations in the region. Goodwill accepts tax deductable car donations and operates an online store at shopgoodwill.com. For more information on Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire, please visit www.goodwillsavannah.org.