Why #WorkIsTheAnswer



Honoring our Best, and Creating a Sustainable Future for All

“When business grows, our community thrives—all of our lives thrive,” stated Jerry Davis, President and CEO of Goodwill Central Texas, setting the scene for the direction for the future of our community.

“Our low unemployment rate in Central Texas means that employers have the human talent to be successful and grow their businesses, right?  No. The truth: there is a mismatch of people between jobs available and trained individuals to fill those jobs. That’s what sets Goodwill Central Texas apart: we’re really listening to our local employers. We’re educating and training our clients to fill those jobs and create sustainable careers.”

Over 430 people attended the Goodwill 20th Annual Hall of Honor Event on November 4, and heard the vision of Goodwill for 2016 and beyond. As Jerry stated, “We are not afraid to do things differently. We’re not afraid to change the rules to ensure the success of our community.”

And it’s all for a great cause: honoring those who are building independence, healthy families, and strong communities through work. Goodwill paid tribute to five individuals and one business.

The 2015 Hall of Honor inductees:

Lynn Johnson – Outstanding Achiever

Liliana Balderas – Outstanding Youth

Alberto Tem – Outstanding Graduate

Charles Jackson – Outstanding Employee

Dammond Steen – Inspirational Speaker

Centex Materials – Business Partner of the Year













Jake Seay, Vice President of Operations at Centex Materials, accepts the Outstanding Business Partner Award, presented by Jerry Davis, President & CEO of Goodwill Central Texas:
Jake Seay, Jerry Davis

If you were unable to attend, please enjoy this video of our Honorees.

Catherine Morse, General Council and Director of Public Relations for Samsung, was Master of Ceremonies. Also speaking were Ellen Arnold, co-owner of Arnold Public Affairs; Dammond Steen, Goodwill Tutor, Law Office Clerk, and Inspirational Speaker; and S’ray Wicks, Goodwill General Manager, who wrote and delivered a very moving poetic performance.

Catherine Morse & Lynn:

Catherine Morse & Lynn

Ellen Arnold:

Ellen Arnold



Now we look forward to the challenges and rewards of 2016. That’s where your continued support is so crucial! Every gift you give allows the people we serve to take another step forward in their path, towards the ultimate destination of a sustainable career. Jobs that foster pride and self-esteem, and help nourish and strengthen their families, the economy, and the entire Central Texas community. #WorkIsTheAnswer, and you are part of the solution! [Donate]

Now, we’d love to have you share your version of why #work is the answer! Write and post it on social media, and make sure to include the hashtag: #WorkIsTheAnswer. We look forward to seeing your contribution to the conversation!

Jerry added, “Underserved Central Texans don’t just need a job. They need a high school education, vocational training, job skills, support, and hope…the people walking through our doors need us to be different, so they can compete for great jobs that are available right now. Then they can develop sustainable careers and become positive influencers in our society.”

This is a win-win not only for businesses, but for people who really want to work! Let’s make this happen, Central Texas!



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