3 Goodwill programs help man transition from prison to community
Collaboration between three Goodwill programs is helping a former inmate end up on the road to success.
Greg Gralewicz, who was in prison for his seventh operating while intoxicated offense, is getting the help he needs to change his life through these Goodwill programs:
- Circles of Support, which assists in the transition from incarceration into the community
- Prosperity Center, which helps people obtain post-secondary education that leads to career employment opportunities
- American Indian Services, which offers support to Native Americans
Circles of Support also connected Greg with vocational coordinator Kristin Hoff, who hired Greg for a position in World of Work, a Circles of Support work experience program.
That work experience helped Greg obtain a full-time job, and he now is enrolled at UW-Fox Valley with hopes of receiving a degree in engineering.
“While in prison, I went through a divorce. I was an emotional wreck, on medication for anxiety, depression and high blood pressure. I worked hard while in prison. I got off all medications and took every program that was offered. While in a business communications class, an instructor encouraged me to finish my degree when I got out.
“When released, I had to start my life over at 58 years old. My sister introduced me to Circles of Support. This group not only helped with the fellowship I needed, but through the Prosperity Center, helped pave the way back to college. American Indian Services helped me get acquainted with my new community, and the World of Work program helped me provide financial aid to my children as well as helped me find a great, full-time job.”
“It is the Circles of Support that has given the support when I needed it the most.”
Goodwill NCW is a not-for-profit human services organization that in 2015 helped improve the lives of more than 63,700 people across 35 counties in north central Wisconsin, through 29 programs and services. The organization includes 26 retail stores and training centers in communities from Manitowoc to La Crosse, and as far north as Rice Lake and Rhinelander, as well as provides a unique shopping experience at its Appleton outlet store. It offers eight Donation Express sites and 45 donation bins located throughout the Fox Cities and surrounding communities. Goodwill NCW uses the revenue from stores to fund a variety of innovative programs and services that serve north central Wisconsin communities.