Success Stories 2020

Kim Stoss
Community Living Arrangement Ambassador

Kimberly “Kimmy” Stoss moved into Goodwill’s Community Living Arrangement on October 1, 2009. In no time at all, she was comfortable and settled right in. She helps around the house and spends time with her housemates. Kimmy continuously exhibits exemplary goodwill and high spirits. Kimmy is known for her sassiness and quick wit.

She’s always talked about wanting to create items to make money and “be her own boss.” Over the years, she encountered barriers, but continued to work toward her business goals. Recently, Kimmy finally became an entrepreneur. In September 2019, she started her own business, “KAS Creations.”

Kimmy creates beautiful and original pieces of home décor. She is very excited
about her business success; this is apparent in the hard work and dedication she puts into her business line.

Kimmy creates beautiful and original pieces of home décor. She is very excited
about her business success; this is apparent in the hard work and dedication she puts into her business line.

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Kim Cornell
Community Participation Supports Ambassador

With a determined look in the eye, Kim concentrates on finding the perfect fit. She scans from corner to corner, top to bottom. A smile beams across her face as she profoundly places the piece, it connects, and she’s one step closer to completing the
task before her. Long before jigsaw puzzles Ž ew o the shelves during the pandemic, Kimberly Cornell has been a master of the skill, completing 10,000 piece puzzles in a week. Kim enjoys the satisfaction of creating art through chaos.

Kim is a participant in the Community Participation Supports program in Dickson City. She enjoys having her friends sit with her as she completes her puzzles. She shares her one-line jokes, discusses hot topics, and sings along to the oldies. She excels at finding her independence. Kim prefers to be taught something once and develop her understanding from there.

The team at our CPS program honed in on this knowledge and more broadly developed Kim’s understanding of skills. A fashionista and music lover, the staff work to nd ways to incorporate Kim’s passions into her everyday life. Kim participates in the community in places that suit her tastes, such as the mall or music store.

Through the program, Kim has developed transferable abilities to live and work independently. Financial and social skills, as well as personal safety, continue to evolve for Kim through the supports given to her by the Goodwill team.

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Ramon Lasavage
Small Group Employment Ambassador

Ramon Lasavage gleams with a bright smile throughout the back rooms of our retail stores. If you ask Ramon what the best part of his job is, he quickly replies “getting a paycheck.” If you talk to Ramon for a few more minutes, you quickly realize there is more to this story.

A 1985 graduate of West Scranton High School, Ramon held other jobs before becoming involved with Goodwill’s Small Group Employment program. Ramon explains that he always felt too much pressure at his other jobs and they eventually didn’t work out. Ramon became withdrawn, often moody and
angry. At Goodwill, Ramon receives support from Behavioral Specialists and nationally certified Employment Specialists. Once given the proper supports, Ramon excelled at his job and his amazing personality began to shine.

Ramon takes great pride in his work. He can often be found at our Keyser Avenue store using his keen eye for detail to rearrange shelves and display merchandise. Ramon’s main duties are processing hard goods and putting them out for sale, however Ramon is capable of doing any job assigned to him.
While Ramon loves earning a paycheck, his incredible personality has allowed him to socialize and make new friends at work. These bene fits extend beyond work as Ramon has become more social, especially with people in his community, quickly developing new friendships. His mother states that Ramon looks forward to going to work every day.

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Andrea McFarland
Employee of the Year

Ramon Lasavage gleams with a bright smile throughout the back rooms of our retail stores. If you ask Ramon what the best part of his job is, he quickly replies “getting a paycheck.” If you talk to Ramon for a few more minutes, you quickly realize there is more to this story.

A 1985 graduate of West Scranton High School, Ramon held other jobs before becoming involved with Goodwill’s Small Group Employment program. Ramon explains that he always felt too much pressure at his other jobs and they eventually didn’t work out. Ramon became withdrawn, often moody and
angry. At Goodwill, Ramon receives support from Behavioral Specialists and nationally certified Employment Specialists. Once given the proper supports, Ramon excelled at his job and his amazing personality began to shine.

Ramon takes great pride in his work. He can often be found at our Keyser Avenue store using his keen eye for detail to rearrange shelves and display merchandise. Ramon’s main duties are processing hard goods and putting them out for sale, however Ramon is capable of doing any job assigned to him.
While Ramon loves earning a paycheck, his incredible personality has allowed him to socialize and make new friends at work. These bene fits extend beyond work as Ramon has become more social, especially with people in his community, quickly developing new friendships. His mother states that Ramon looks forward to going to work every day.

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