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Partnership with veteran’s group leads to hiring

Meet one of our newest team members, John, who works in our Onalaska Retail Store and Training Center.

John was hired on through a partnership with the VHA Vocational Rehabilitation Program with the Tomah VA Medical Center in Tomah. He had been retired and hadn’t been in the workforce for about five years and decided this year that he wanted to go back to work. His case manager at the VA referred him to our paid training program to help him assess his skills and abilities, learn new retail skills and build his resume with a recent work experience.

John did so well in his training program that the Onalaska store offered him a permanent position on their team, helping out in the donation sorting and production area.

John is an avid thrift shopper and collector, so when his case manager proposed the idea of a training program at Goodwill, he said, “I could make money there!” It all worked out well for him and for Goodwill.

Outside of working at Goodwill, John enjoys gardening and spending time outside. He says working in the garden is his way to escape and relax. This year he grew cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes, string beans and brussels sprouts.

We want to thank John for his military service and welcome him to the Goodwill family.

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