Rhinelander Goodwill program participant starts cleaning business

A longtime Goodwill program participant in Rhinelander is branching out with a housecleaning business to call her own.

Rose Rouse, who has been a program participant at Goodwill for about eight years, recently started Rose’s House Cleaning, complete with personal business cards.

rose businessFor Rose, it’s a dream come true and a sign her hard work is paying off.

“She’s so proud,” said Vonda Backhaus, Rhinelander Retail Store and Training Center team leader.

Nicolet Area Technical College holds weekly classes in the Community Room at Goodwill for anybody in the community who has a barrier and couldn’t attend a regular Nicolet course. The courses vary with everything from business and math to culinary school.

After the final class in the course is held, Nicolet holds a mini graduation, with diplomas and a commencement speech, something Rose herself has delivered.

After finishing her business class and cleaning cottages at a resort and enjoying it, she decided to go ahead and pursue her own housecleaning business.

It is work she will perform with a job coach through Headwaters Inc., a not-for-profit transitional community-based work/rehabilitation center. She already has customers.

“We are glad that we are able to help them grow,” Vonda said.

If you are interested in hiring Rose, call 715-369-1337 and ask for Katherine Garrison.

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.


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