Waking up each morning, unsure of how to provide for your family due to various barriers can be daunting. Whether it's lacking the necessary educational qualifications or dealing with learning disabilities that require extra support, these obstacles can make you question your own worth and capability for certain tasks.
However, at Goodwill of Greater Washington, we've made a difference in the lives of over 200 individuals facing these challenges. Our team members, like Roland, have found opportunities to achieve their highest levels of independence. Often, employers hesitate to hire individuals with disabilities due to uncertainty about accommodations and training. Goodwill addresses this by offering on-the-job training, personalized coaching, sustained employment opportunities, and a clear path to career growth.
Take Roland, for example. Despite facing difficulties with slow reading and speech, he discovered a fulfilling role as a Grounds Technician at the National Gallery of Art through Goodwill. He not only earns a competitive wage and enjoys benefits, but also can acquire new skills and advance in his career.
Roland's journey with Goodwill began right after high school, and after thirty years, he still takes pride in being part of this community and giving back through his work. He enthusiastically states, "I love working for Goodwill. They help people and create jobs for everybody." Roland looks forward to a lasting career with Goodwill and the National Gallery of Art.
Goodwill has provided our community with a platform to support individuals like Roland in receiving the training necessary to build his confidence and secure employment in fields where they can continue to develop and flourish. Join us as we transform lives and communities through the power of education and employment.