Maggie started her journey with Goodwill in our Workforce Development Program. This program helps individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment explore possible careers, prepare for the job market, and find appropriate employment opportunities within their community. Maggie came to Goodwill through Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities.
Maggie participated in a community-based assessment with the Workforce Development team. This assessment enabled Sherry, an Employment Specialist, to develop a customized employment plan for Maggie. Additionally, Maggie was able to receive firsthand work experience at one of Goodwill’s retail stores.
Through this process, Maggie gained the confidence she needed to become employed. She completed an application, interviewed and secured a position at Kroger. At first, she worked fifteen hours per week as a bagger and a courtesy clerk. When a position with more hours and responsibility became available, she applied, interviewed and received the promotion. She has been employed at Kroger for three years. Occasionally Maggie works in the floral department, where she is learning new skills.
Maggie is very proud of all the new friends she has made through her job at Kroger. She was asked to be a maid of honor at a co-worker’s wedding and was able to purchase her dress and shoes with the money she had earned. She also purchased a car, giving her the independence she was striving for.
Sherry continues to provide guidance and support to Maggie in an effort to help her maintain and continue her success at Kroger.