Jordan was born with spina bifida and uses a wheelchair, but that does not stop him from getting where he wants to go. Jordan was introduced to Goodwill at the age of three when he attended our annual Wheel-a-Thon event. This event features a three-person wheelchair race. Jordan and his family are active participants and have won the race for the past ten plus years. They have helped raise thousands of dollars for this event.
Jordan has participated in several Goodwill programs. During the Summer Youth Program, he worked in the contracts division at Goodwill, where he learned skills needed for the world of work. He is currently working with our Workforce Development Office/Vocational Rehabilitation Services. Through referrals to the program, Goodwill facilitates customized employment plans for individuals with disabilities. Through job development, job coaching, and job retention we help participants, like Jordan, find and keep jobs.
This summer through our Strengthening Families Program, we were able to help Jordan purchase his first bicycle, a three-wheeled hand cycle. He worked with the organization Adaptive Sports Connection on getting properly fitted for his customized hand cycle. Goodwill was thrilled to be able to help Jordan with this purchase.
Jordan is currently a senior in high school. He loves boating, camping, video games and hanging out with his best friend. We have literally watched Jordan grow up over the past fourteen years and look forward to helping him navigate his future.