Success Stories

James Barrington
Ambassador of the Year- Residential

James “Jimmy” Barrington continuously works to increase his independence and learn new skills. Early in Jimmy’s stay with Goodwill Industries, his first home and all his personal belongings were destroyed by the Flood of 2011 in Kingston Pa. He handled that devastation with bravery and kindness. As of present day, Jimmy has become an intricate part of the Goodwill family.

Jimmy is an active member of his household, especially in the kitchen where he assists in preparing meals for the home. Jimmy also steps up and helps his housemates with other household chores and duties. After a doctor encouraged a lifestyle change including weight loss to prevent complications, Jimmy became motivated to make his health and exercise a priority. He regularly maintains a healthy diet and exercises. Due to his drive, those complications are no longer a concern.

He’s a determined man who has set a personal goal to earn a paycheck. After numerous programs and services, Jimmy has decided to participate in Goodwill’s Small Group Employment program. Since beginning the service he has increased the number of hours he works weekly. Due to his hard work, he had joined the mobile workforce where he travels to different Goodwill retail stores and completes processing.

When not working, exercising, or assisting with his home, Jimmy has a number of leisure activities. He prefers to play games, listen to music, and watch movies. His consistent perseverance to continuously develop the skills towards independence is a testament to our mission.

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Earl Butcher

Earl Buchler began participating in Goodwill’s day program, Community Participation Support, in 2014. New to the program, Earl was initially shy and hesitant to participate in group activities. As staff and Earl began to develop trusting relationships, Earl’s personality began to blossom.

Earl thoroughly enjoys participating in sports and attending live sporting events. As the spring baseball season would come around, Earl would eagerly anticipate his staff attending local baseball games with him.

This activity, beginning as a fun outing, turned into a skill building opportunity. Like most of us, the more Earl wanted to attend outings, the more his budget would be depleted. Staff began taking the time to explain budgeting and money skills. As Earl became more familiar with his finances he realized he needed additional income.

Naturally work became I priority to Earl. However, due to limited work skills and needing additional support; finding the right employment for Earl was proving to become difficult.

Staff along with Earl and his support team identified Goodwill’s Small Group Employment the ideal work setting for Earl to earn a competitive paycheck, develop transferable work skills, and continue to participate in the activities that are important to Earl in Community Participation Support.

The staff that support Earl admire his empathy towards his friends and coworkers. He’s also very funny with his one-liners. Earl is a regular visitor at the main office where he makes his rounds and greets all the administration and staff.

began participating in Goodwill’s day program, Community Participation Support, in 2014. New to the program, Earl was initially shy and hesitant to participate in group activities. As staff and Earl began to develop trusting relationships, Earl’s personality began to blossom.

Earl thoroughly enjoys participating in sports and attending live sporting events. As the spring baseball season would come around, Earl would eagerly anticipate his staff attending local baseball games with him.

This activity, beginning as a fun outing, turned into a skill building opportunity. Like most of us, the more Earl wanted to attend outings, the more his budget would be depleted. Staff began taking the time to explain budgeting and money skills. As Earl became more familiar with his finances he realized he needed additional income.

Naturally work became I priority to Earl. However, due to limited work skills and needing additional support; finding the right employment for Earl was proving to become difficult.

Staff along with Earl and his support team identified Goodwill’s Small Group Employment the ideal work setting for Earl to earn a competitive paycheck, develop transferable work skills, and continue to participate in the activities that are important to Earl in Community Participation Support.

The staff that support Earl admire his empathy towards his friends and coworkers. He’s also very funny with his one-liners. Earl is a regular visitor at the main office where he makes his rounds and greets all the administration and staff.

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Maria Valiante
Employee of the Year

Maria Valiante has been working part-time at Gerrity’s Supermarket in Moosic, PA since 2015 with the assistance of Goodwill Industries Employment Specialists. Maria’s job tasks change constantly with the needs of the store including maintaining the appearance of the front end, bagging, and stocking shelves. Because of her time spent in a familiar setting with the support of Goodwill’s employment team and the natural support of her coworkers, Maria continues to grow and develop job skills.

Her colleagues acknowledge her remarkable accuracy of product location and aisle numbers, consistently assisting customers find what they need or returning unwanted items. Maria admits her favorite aisle is the beauty products; she is never without the perfect lip shade on.

Maria’s friendly, high spirited personality makes her not only a fun coworker, but a loyal employee. She continues to grow within the store and her employer recognizes that hard work. The Goodwill team looks forward to seeing her future successes within her career.

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