Goodwill Helps Hire Our Heroes
Goodwill Central Texas would like to take a moment today to officially honor those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Every day, we work to provide our nation’s Veterans with job-training and assistance through our grant-funded program called Operation GoodJobs, which focuses on a broad spectrum of job-readiness preparation and support services for Veterans, individuals transitioning out of military (OEF/OIF/OND), and active reserve and National Guard, including their family members. Program participants receive assistance with everything from the development of resumes and cover letters, interviewing preparation and employment referrals to financial literacy and support services for mental and physical health, and housing. Additionally, in conjunction with the Goodwill Career Academy, participants can take advantage of low cost, short-term occupational training in high-demand industries.
Operation GoodJobs has impacted countless Veterans on their journey to transforming their lives, like Edward Rodriguez, last year’s Hall of Honor Graduate of the Year. After serving honorably in the United States Marine Corps, Edward struggled to find work after losing his job during a company downsize. When he came to Goodwill, he had one bag of clothing, a pair of borrowed shoes, and was dependent on his friend for food, housing, and transportation. Edward had hit rock bottom, but he was determined to turn his life around. After meeting with his new Case Manager, Edward began taking advantage of Operation GoodJobs’ job-readiness trainings and job search assistance. Goodwill then helped him renew his Electrician Apprentice Certification, and he soon found employment with a Master Electrician in Williamson County. Through meaningful employment, Edward has been able to start over and feel independent once again.
If you are interested in Operation GoodJobs or know someone who would benefit from these services, please call 512.637.7580 or you attend an open orientation every Tuesday from 12:30 – 2:00 pm at the Goodwill Resource Center (6505 Burleson Road).
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