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Jan 17, 2020

Success Story: Hadley

Hadley’s parents were not sure if their autistic daughter could be successful in a “regular job.” After finishing high school, Hadley was referred to Goodwill’s Supported Employment program by Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) to develop her employment readiness skills.


Her Goodwill case manager was able to find Hadley a stocking position at the Shop-N-Save Food Center in Ludington. After some time and job coaching, she now works independently. “She is happy because it allows her to see many people in her community and they always tell her she’s doing a good job. I believe it makes her feel productive,” her mother said. 

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Nov 21, 2019

Success Story: Amber

Prior to coming to Goodwill, Amber had some community work experience, but her employment always ended abruptly. It was the hope of her service coordinator at Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) that she gain additional skills that would help her hold onto a job when she was referred to Goodwill’s Janitorial Occupational Training (JOT) program.

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Sep 13, 2019

Success Story: Joel

Joel wanted to work and be self-sufficient, but he had difficulty regulating his anger. He tried working in the past but would become uncommunicative or lash out when receiving feedback from supervisors or peers.

Joel knew he needed help and enrolled in Goodwill’s Work Readiness program at the Employment & Training Center in Holland. At Goodwill, Joel had both “soft skills” classroom training as well as paid skill building training performing light industrial work contracted from local manufacturers.

“Since coming to Goodwill, Joel has learned how to be more receptive to feedback from his peers and supervisors,” said Case Manager Matt Cashbaugh. “He learned healthy coping skills and is now able to work as part of a team.”

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Aug 21, 2019

Success Story: Angela 

As a single mom struggling to make ends meet, Angela came to Goodwill for help in securing a job in the community.
After enrolling in GoodTemps temporary staffing agency she was placed in Goodwill’s Industrial Services department performing light assembly work contracted from local manufacturers. The intent was to help Angela re-acclimate herself to the workforce and develop her skills and work experience while earning some income.
Angela performed so well she was hired in as a regular full-time employee and promoted to materials handler.

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Jul 19, 2019

Success Story: Ryan

Before coming to Goodwill Ryan said his life was “a struggle and disorderly.” He had just been released from prison when he was referred to Goodwill’s Offender Success program by the Michigan Department of Corrections. He had no transportation and struggled with depression. 


Ryan’s life has changed for the better since Goodwill helped him get back into the workforce. He is very thankful. To others struggling to find work he recommends Goodwill because “the people at Goodwill are available and willing to help.”

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Jun 11, 2019

Success Story: Charlie

The stigma that comes with a criminal record made finding a job challenging for Charlie.

“It was rough coming right out of prison,” he said. “I had nothing.”

Charlie was referred to Goodwill’s Offender Success program by his parole agent.

With determination and positivity, Charlie progressed through the program’s employment readiness classes and was placed in a transitional paid work experience in Goodwill’s Industrial Services department. Proving himself to be hardworking and dependable, Charlie was hired in as a textile baler in Goodwill’s production department.

“I am truly thankful for the help that Goodwill has given me,” Charlie said.

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Feb 13, 2019

Success Story: Kawan

Kawan faced a large challenge: re-entering the community after being incarcerated for 20 years. “I had no life,” Kawan said. “Everything had changed. Technology was so fast and many of the neighborhoods that were safe before are now unsafe and rundown. It was like learning a new city all over again. It was scary.”

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Jan 16, 2019

Success Story: Michael

“My life is on track.” Michael attributes his success to support from Goodwill Industries and his employer, Industrial Metal Cleaning Corporation. “Goodwill gave me a feeling of hope knowing I always had them behind me,” he said. Learn how Michael turned away from gangs and prison, and completely changed his life and outlook, by reading his story.

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Dec 11, 2018

Success Story: Raymond

Previously shy and anxious around others, Raymond is now employed and thriving in his new job. Goodwill’s Supported Employment program provides one-on-one training and on-going support to help people find jobs and be successful in the workplace. Ray was enrolled in the program while still a transitional student in high school to prepare him for work after graduation. Through perseverance and hard work Ray is getting high praise from his employer and coworkers.

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Nov 15, 2018

Success Story: Joe

Once quiet and unsure, Joe has developed into a confident and skilled worker, and is now a valued team member at Goodwill. Joe was referred to Goodwill's Janitorial Occupational Training(JOT) program while still enrolled in high school in order to gain the skills he would need for employment once he graduated.After completing his training, Joe landed a job working for Goodwill's Janitorial Services crew.

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Oct 17, 2018

Success Story: Patricia

“Consistent,” “determined,” and “positive.” These are the words Goodwill staff used to describe Patricia; not easy attributes to have when faced with the amount of adversity Patricia has experienced in her lifetime. She is an inspiration to Goodwill staff and to others like her sister who is now seeking help from Goodwill. To her sister and others struggling to find work Patricia has this advice: “Stay encouraged, and be persistent and attentive.”

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Sep 13, 2018

Success Story: Jeffery 

When Jeffery was released from prison, his mind was made up: he would live a simple, honest life. This would be a significant adjustment from his prior lifestyle. Before incarceration, Jeffrey enjoyed the high life: he made six figures … he traveled the world. All of that changed overnight. He went from “having it all” to having nothing.

When Jeffrey was paroled in April of this year, he was starting over completely. 
“I needed clothing, identification, employment, housing, you name it … I was facing it,” Jeffery said.

Jeffrey was referred to Goodwill’s Offender Success (OS) program and received employment skills training, assistance with his résumé, job search techniques, interview coaching, help with job applications, and more.

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Jul 18, 2018

Success Story: Nico

Nico said he would recommend Goodwill to anyone working to overcome barriers. “Sometimes people need a little help,” Nico said. “If you are struggling, find the good … find what makes you happy.”

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Jun 20, 2018

Success Story: Jon

“Looking back now on Jon over the years and the barriers that held him back, they are no longer present,” Mark said. “Jon walks and acts like a happy confident person, he stays in the moment and does a great job daily. Jon is more social, he seems to welcome the chance to engage with other staff here at corporate and the stores.”

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Apr 10, 2018

Success Story: Meagan

Meagan was hesitant to come to Goodwill. She had previously participated in employment programs from another human service organization without success.

This was devastating to an individual like Meagan who struggles with anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and a mild intellectual disability. Luckily, Meagan and her mom decided to try Goodwill.

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Mar 16, 2018

Success Story: Garry

Change is difficult. It takes determination and sometimes includes setbacks. Garry’s story demonstrates that no matter how challenging or long the journey, a person can change and be successful.

Garry had been in and out of prison multiple times dating back to 1983. He was enrolled in Goodwill’s Offender Success program multiple times, but the lessons did not stick.

“Each time we hoped he would be successful,” says his Goodwill Case Manager Rita Hickman. “We always felt he had it in him, and believed in him … he just needed to believe in himself.”

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Jan 18, 2018

Success Story: Samson

Samson’s experience at Goodwill has allowed him to go from being shy and not wanting to talk about his life to being willing to share his story and all of his accomplishments. “I love working. I was missing that in my life. Waking up and having nothing to do is not something I want to go back to.”

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Oct 3, 2017

Success Story: Yvonne

Yvonne loves helping people; it is the reason she chose a rewarding career as a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA). Tragically, Yvonne suffered a serious back injury in a car accident in 2007. With help from Goodwill's Supported Employment program Yvonne is again doing what she loves, helping people. 

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Sep 5, 2017

Success Story: Shelley

Shelley entered Goodwill’s Offender Success Program after 18 months of incarceration. She was determined to choose a new path. “Right away she made the statement that she was tired of chasing drugs and stealing. She said it with such conviction that we knew she was ready to work hard to change her life” says Offender Success Case Manager Josh Keur.

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Aug 22, 2017

Success Story: Jeff 

"Jeff is an inspiration to all of us," said Goodwill Janitorial Services Manager Kathy Harris. "He has an excellent skill set, an awesome sense of humor, and a genuine empathy for his coworkers."

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Jul 11, 2017

Success Story: Adam

Adam and his fiancé Stephanie have a dream. They want a home for their 3-year-old child. Before coming to Goodwill, they weren’t sure they would ever be able to own a home.

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May 17, 2017

Success Story: Colton 

Colton’s learning disability made him doubt his abilities and led him down a path of unfortunate decisions. “I received disability money my whole life... I did not think I could work so I ran the streets starting at an early age causing me to get in a lot of trouble.”

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May 1, 2017

Success Story: Lavon

Lavon had difficulty controlling her strong emotions. She was easily overwhelmed by frustration and severe anxiety. This made social interaction of any kind, debilitating for Lavon. Before coming to Goodwill, she led a life of self-isolation. She says she spent her days “listening to music with my headphones, not talking to anybody.” 

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Mar 16, 2017

Success Story: Carmelton

Carmelton was enrolled in the Offender Success program after spending 29 years in prison. His reentry was anything but easy. After serving his time, Carmelton was released into a completely different world than the one he had known. To put this into perspective, he was 24 years old when he went to prison and 53 when released. When he left his home, the year was 1987. Ronald Reagan was President. There were no cell phones. The cost of a tank of gas was $.89 and the average monthly rent was $395.

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Feb 16, 2017

Success Story: Brandon

“Without Goodwill and its programming, it’s safe to say that I would still be sitting at home, bored, doing not much of anything,” he says. And, Brandon would recommend these programs to anyone. “Goodwill helped me to blossom,” he says “My life is really good now. I accomplished something that I worked hard for and I am setting new goals for the future.”

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Dec 1, 2016

Success Story: Johnnie

When he was released after 48 months in prison he had $137 to his name, no home, transportation, or support. Referred to Goodwill by his parole officer, Johnnie was enrolled in the Offender Success program.From the beginning of his time in the program, Johnnie was highly motivated. He was an active participant in the employment readiness group which focused on résumé building, job skills and retention, and interviewing. Johnnie was a leader in the classroom and every day showed his motivation to change his life.

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Oct 20, 2016

Success Story: Bill

Referred to Goodwill’s Supported Employment Program by Michigan Rehabilitation Services.
Bill sought out services from Goodwill because he thought he could benefit from working one-on-one with a job developer who would help him with all aspects of the job development process such as: résumé building, applying for jobs, interviewing, and relationship building. Unable to complete applications on his own, this assistance was critical.

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Sep 13, 2016

Success Story: Gary and Daniella

Janitorial Occupational Training (JOT) Program participants Gary and Daniella were recently recognized as outstanding trainees. In partnership with Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp the 8-week program combines classroom training and testing with on-the-job paid experience at the camp.

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Jan 18, 2016

Success Story: Haley 

Haley, a bright-eyed ambitious high school senior with barriers due to a traumatic brain injury, spoke clearly of her life dreams. She also expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to learn job skills by enrolling in Goodwill’s Customer Service Training Program, administered at Orchard View High School (OVHS).

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Oct 20, 2015

Success Story: Taylor

Referred to Goodwill from HealthWest (CMH) in June of this year, Taylor is a young woman with adjustment disorder, depression, and mild I/DD.

Upon her enrollment to Goodwill’s Work Readiness Program, it was apparent to her Goodwill case manager that Taylor had very low self-esteem and diminished confidence in her abilities.

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Aug 18, 2015

Career Center Now Open in Holland

Holland’s one-stop job resource center — providing employment services and related supports for people looking for work, or seeking help in advancing their careers.

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Jun 18, 2015

Success Story: Brody

Nineteen-year-old Brody had no employment history and was lacking in marketable work skills when he was referred to Goodwill’s Supported Employment Program by Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS). Brody has autism.

A Goodwill employment specialist provided Brody with a variety of one-on-one job-readiness training, including résumé assistance, job searches, help with completing applications, and interview skills coaching.

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May 20, 2015

Tax return helps single mom

Niki Turner is a single mother who returned to work two years ago after attending school while raising her children. For several years prior to working, Niki did not know she was eligible to receive any tax credits and did not receive a refund. 

After seeking assistance from Goodwill’s MoneyWorks’ tax preparation services at Goodwill’s headquarter facility – a designated Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) tax site – Niki was pleasantly surprised with her tax refund. Having not filed taxes for two years because of her low income and the high cost of filing, she had no idea she would be qualified for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), the Child Tax Credit, as well as the Michigan Home Heating Credit and Property Tax Credit.

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Mar 29, 2015

Goodwill store opens within local high school

As a result of a unique collaboration with Muskegon Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) and Orchard View High School (OVHS), Goodwill Industries recently opened a new micro-store for students.

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Mar 13, 2015


Spring is here! Clean out your closets and donate to Goodwill during the Spring Goodwill Sale at Younkers, now through March 28. For each item donated, customers will receive a coupon for up to 25% off new spring merchandise and fashion at Younkers. Donations will be sold in our Goodwill stores, generating revenue to fund our job training and employment placement programs, and other community support services.

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Dec 2, 2014

Goodwill Career Center Now Open!

Muskegon's one-stop job resource center — providing employment services and related supports for people looking for work, or seeking help in advancing their careers.

Monday-Friday | 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

271 East Apple Avenue, Muskegon, MI 49442

Main: (231) 722-7871 | GoodTemps: (231) 739-9010


Career Center entrance and visitor parking is located off Sophia Street.

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Oct 31, 2014


We DO continue to accept LCD, LED, and plasma TVs and monitors. Click here for a complete list of electronics we do accept.

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Aug 18, 2014

WORK has the power to transform LIVES.

Goodwill offers a broad range of employment programs and services to fulfill a diverse set of needs. Below are four individuals Goodwill served last year and their stories of success in the West Michigan workplace. 

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Jun 12, 2014

Goodwill hosts free financial workshop series presented by MSU Extension

Goodwill Industries of West Michigan (GIWM) is partnering with Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) to deliver five “Lunch and Learn” financial and homeownership workshops. Presented every third Wednesday, from June through October, the series is free and open to the public and held from noon to 12:45 p.m. at Goodwill Industries Corporate Headquarters at 271 East Apple Avenue.

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May 19, 2014

Achievers of the Year Luncheon

To celebrate national Goodwill Industries Week, Goodwill hosted its annual  Achievers of the Year event on May 7, 2014. Goodwill recognized four program participants that achieved outstanding success in 2013, with a luncheon, video presentation, and awards ceremony. In addition to honoring these four individuals, Goodwill recognized the employers who hired these individuals and the case managers who also contributed to their success. 

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May 17, 2014

May 2014 Success Story: Alisa Walton

A pinched nerve in her neck left Alisa unable to work because of the pain. Fifteen years of unemployment led to depression, low self-esteem, and eventually, drug addiction. 

After getting help and graduating from a treatment program, Alisa (now 50 years old) felt ready to try reentering the workforce. Her Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) case manager referred her to Goodwill’s Work Adjustment Program for a “situational assessment,” an on-the-job trial to observe her tolerance for work.

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Apr 10, 2014

Goodwill Industries of West Michigan wins award for instructional game

Goodwill recently developed financial literacy card game won an EIFLE (Excellence in Financial Literacy Education) award for Instructional Game of the Year by the Institute for Financial Literacy. Now in its eighth year, the EIFLE award was created to acknowledge innovation, dedication, and a strong commitment to advance financial education.

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Jan 16, 2014

Goodwill has once again partnered with Volunteer Muskegon, Community enCompass, and other nonprofits to provide a wide selection of dates and locations for the free service. This year Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) services is offering three types of services.

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Jan 14, 2014

Success Story: Kenyada

When Kenyada Young first came to GoodTemps seeking employment in 2011, she felt lost and without options. The recently released ex-offender had a felony background and a long history of drug dealing. It was difficult to find an employer willing to give her a chance.

Her GoodTemps case manager enrolled Kenyada into its four-day, Pathways to Permanent Employment class -- a job retention program in which graduates receive priority placements. Despite her excellent participation, drive, and qualifications, GoodTemps was unable to find her a job placement.

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Nov 18, 2013

You can make a difference

Goodwill and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) of West Michigan are currently looking for volunteers to help with the upcoming tax season. VITA volunteers provide free tax assistance to low- to moderate-income workers and families eligible for significant state and federal tax credits.

NO accounting or tax experience is required! Volunteers receive FREE IRS training and certification. Interested in learning more about becoming a VITA volunteer, click here.

Goodwill Tax Program Coordinator Amanda Grover blogs about the benefits and rewards of being a VITA volunteer. Read the Goodviews post here.


Nov 12, 2013

America Recycles Day

Communities across the country will come together on Friday, November 15, to observe America Recycles Day

It's a day to celebrate recycling and the positive effects it has on our planet. 

Check out our Facebook page now through November 17 and share your favorite recycling idea for a chance to win a $25 Goodwill gift card. 


Nov 1, 2013

Every Dress has a Story

Now through November 9, Goodwill Industries and Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore are teaming up for Every Dress has a Story!, a "fashion-forward" dress drive initiative!

Donate your gently-used dresses, shoes, accessories, and other clothing items to your local Goodwill donation center. Participating troops are also collecting directly from their networks, so if you know a troop leader and have a donation, let them know and a Girl Scout can collect and donate on your behalf. The Girls Scouts encourages you to upload a photo of your donated dress on your social media pages and share their links about the drive. More information here.


Sep 9, 2013


Aug 20, 2013

Goodwill opens new Coopersville store

On Friday, August 16 Goodwill celebrated the opening of its 16th retail store and donation center at 1141 West Randall Street in Coopersville. The 6,500-square-foot store is providing jobs for 15 new employees.

“We’ve been wanting to open a store in the Coopersville community for some time now,” said Goodwill Retail Director James Cherney. “We think we finally found the perfect location. The chamber, neighboring businesses, and the Coopersville community have been very supportive and welcoming.”


Aug 6, 2013

Join us! on Friday, August 16 for the grand opening celebration of our newest store and donation center at 1141 West Randall Street in Coopersville.
Grand opening festivities include giveaways, prize drawings, and refreshments. As part of a long-standing Goodwill grand opening tradition, a $100 bill will be hidden somewhere in the store for one lucky shopper to find. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for 9:00 a.m. before doors open. 

May 9, 2013

To celebrate national Goodwill Industries Week, Goodwill hosted its annual  Achievers of the Year event on May 8, 2013. Goodwill recognized four program participants that achieved outstanding success in 2012, with a luncheon, video presentation, and awards ceremony. In addition to honoring these four individuals, Goodwill recognized the employers who hired these individuals and the case managers who also contributed to their success. 

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Apr 30, 2013

Goodwill Industries Week is May 5-11! As a special THANK YOU to our loyal shoppers and donors, we will be offering prizes and giveaways all week long.

  • Shop any time during the week and receive 50% off ALL GREEN AND YELLOW tags! 
  • Donate any time during the week and earn a 50% off coupon. 
  • Check out of Facebook page all week for your chance to win a $20 Goodwill gift card!
  • Learn Goodwill's mission statement for your chance to instantly win $50.

    Apr 19, 2013

    Whitehall and Montague middle schools are competing head-to-head in the Cross-River Recycling Challenge, a dueling Goodwill donation drive during Earth Week (April 22-26).

    The school that collects the MOST donations at the conclusion of the week wins an environmental school project of their choice. 

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    Dec 12, 2012

    Success Story: Lena

    Last year, United Way of the Lakeshore approached Goodwill to collaborate on a project called the Financial Stability Navigation and Intervention Program. The program set up a fund earmarked for job supports to assist individuals in securing and/or retaining employment called the “Barrier Resolution Fund.” The program also allowed for funding to be used toward education. Additionally, financial management supports were offered through the program, skills such as creating a budget, access to credit score and reports, as well as making sure individuals have claimed all of their tax credits they are entitled to.

    Lena Elliot is a single parent with three young children. When Lena first sought out assistance from the Barrier Resolution Fund, she was working part time at a photography studio. She needed assistance with car insurance to get back and forth to work. Lena knew the importance of being financially stable but was living crisis-to-crisis based on the small amount of income she received.

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    Oct 30, 2012

    Success Story: David

    David has been a part of Goodwill Industries since 1979. Mildly intellectually impaired, he has worked in various departments throughout the years: industrial services, groundskeeping, textile baling, etc. After his wife Susie (who also worked at Goodwill) died in 2005, he developed a problem with alcohol and depression, and was evicted from his apartment.

    David lived with friends on a temporary basis, but eventually he had nowhere to go. Goodwill staff learned that David was living underneath a bridge, with not much more than the clothes on his back and his bicycle. David’s belongings were in storage. He was continually behind on his storage rental payment and each payday would make enough payment so that he would not lose his belongings.

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    Aug 31, 2012

    Success Story: Jeremy

    Jeremy came to the Goodwill Michigan Works! (Norton Site) Workforce Development Center seeking services. A high school graduate, he had eight years work experience as a construction laborer, but wanted something more. His life-long dream was a career in social work where he could help people. He was especially interested in assisting families in crisis situations.

    Jeremy’s Goodwill case manager helped him enroll in the No Worker Left Behind (NWLB) program to help fund his education and advancement. In January 2010, he began attending Grand Valley State University (GVSU) to pursue his degree. Dedicated to his studies, he maintained a 3.3 or higher GPA and had perfect attendance.

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    Aug 27, 2012

    Zeeland Store celebrates one year

    This month marks the one-year anniversary of the opening of our Goodwill Zeeland Store. To celebrate, and thank the community, the store is holding a 20% off (everything) sale August 25-31.

    All week, Zeeland shoppers will be able to enter a drawing for a chance to win a $100 Goodwill gift card. The winner will be drawn at noon on Friday, August 31. Stop by and check out the store! 


    Aug 1, 2012

    Success Story: Bill

    Bill was referred to Goodwill’s Work Activity Program in 1993 by Community Mental Health. Bill was initially placed in the Industrial Services Center where he quickly demonstrated the ability and willingness to be a valued member of the team, achieving one of the highest production rates. 

    His work experience at Goodwill includes placement on several off-site industrial enclaves, including work at local manufacturers such as E-Coaters and Fastenal.

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    Jul 1, 2012

    Success Story: Ron

    Ron enrolled in Goodwill’s Prisoner Reentry (PR) program after his release from the Michigan Department of Corrections in February 2012. He had a solid work history in the construction field, but due to the current lack of jobs in this line of work, he was encouraged to explore other employment options.

    As part of the PR program, Ron completed a four-week employment readiness class where he composed a resume, learned effective job search skills, practiced interview skills, and learned to become comfortable talking about his background with an employer.

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    Apr 30, 2012

    Success Story: Camonte

    In June 2011, 18-year-old Camonte Redmond came to Goodwill out of desperation. Due to a family crisis, he dropped out of high school to get a job to help support them. He applied for work through GoodTemps, Goodwill’s temporary staffing agency. 

    In September, he was placed at ADAC Automotive and they were very pleased with his strong work ethic and willingness to work overtime, but was told he would have to obtain his GED to be considered for permanent hire. To obtain this goal, Camonte enrolled in classes at M-TEC Adult Education and signed up to take the GED exam. Athough he failed the test on the first try, he dedicated himself to his studies and six weeks later passed the test. ADAC awarded him a permanent placement the following week.


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    Apr 4, 2012

    Success Story: Leodis

    Leodis was referred to Goodwill by his supports coordinator at Community Mental Health (CMH) of Muskegon County last June. Leodis needed employment but was unable to obtain work in the community. Following a traumatic divorce, Leodis was receiving mental health services, medication, anger management therapy, and other supports from CMH.

    Leodis also has diabetes and high blood pressure that requires monitoring throughout the day, and medication administered as needed. CMH referred him to Goodwill knowing it would be the ideal work setting to keep his health in check.

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    Mar 14, 2012

    Success Story: Kelly

    While serving time at West Shoreline Correctional facility, Kelly Keller admitted he did not have much hope of finding work once he was paroled. This was his third incarceration. As the days grew nearer to his release, he doubted this time would be any different from his two previous attempts to stay out of prison. Despite his uncertainty, Kelly attended the in-reach employment workshops offered by Goodwill’s Prisoner Reentry (PR) program at West Shoreline. During the employment workshops, Kelly learned tools to help overcome the barriers that a felony imposed to finding work. He completed the WorkKeys assessment, created a resume, and learned effective job interviewing skills. Upon completion of the in-reach classes, Kelly’s confidence grew knowing he had support to assist him in being successful upon his release.

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    Feb 10, 2012

    Success Story: Eric

    Displaced worker, single father of three, reinvents himself

    Eric first came to Goodwill Industries Workforce Development Center (WDC) in 2009 after he was laid off from his position as a die cast mold machine operator at Diversified Machining, Inc. Recognizing the decline in manufacturing jobs, Eric took advantage of the federally-funded “No Worker Left Behind,” free tuition program and went on to earn an Associates in Applied Science degree in computer network technology from Muskegon Community College (MCC).

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    Feb 3, 2012

    altRenovation sale at Whitehall store

    The Whitehall store is getting a makeover! New floors, new paint, new lighting, new tile in the bathrooms ... and more!
    In preparation for a brief store closing in early February, the store is offering a 50% off sale January 22 - February 2 on everything in the store!
    Please note: our donation drive-thru will stay open throughout the renovation period in early February.




    Oct 3, 2011

    altGoodwill opens new Zeeland store

    Goodwill celebrated the opening of its 15th location on Friday, August 26 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Zeeland Chamber of Commerce. Located in the Bridgewater Square Shopping Center at 9479 Riley Street, the 7,662-square-foot store is providing jobs for 15 new employees.

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    May 4, 2011

    altGoodwill hosts first annual event

    To celebrate national Goodwill Industries Week, Goodwill hosted its first annual Achievers of the Year event on May 4. Goodwill recognized four program participants that achieved outstanding success in 2010, with a luncheon, video presentation, and awards ceremony. In addition to honoring these four individuals, Goodwill recognized the employers who hired these individuals and the case managers who also contributed to their success.

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    Mar 20, 2011

    altGoodwill Partners with West Michigan Symphony

    Goodwill Industries of West Michigan is proud to partner with the West Michigan Symphony on its week-long Sustainability activities and multi-media concert event.

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    Feb 18, 2011

    altGoodwill's newest store now open in Cedar Springs

    Goodwill opened the doors to its newest store and donation center in Cedar Springs on Friday, February 18. Located directly across from the Meijer store on 17 Mile Road near US-131, the site was selected for shopper and donor convenience.

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    Feb 10, 2010

    altJoin Us at Goodwill Night with Muskegon Lumberjacks!

    The Lumberjacks are once again hosting a special “Goodwill Night” on February 20 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. to help generate community donations used to support our mission services. Held during the game against the Flint General at the L.C. Walker Arena in Muskegon, volunteers will be stationed at both entrances to collect gently used clothing and other saleable household items.

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    Dec 29, 2009


    Shopgoodwill Sells Highest Priced Item to Date

    Our very own local branch of Shopgoodwill.com just sold its highest priced item to date — a very old looking Bernardel violin with case for $5,001.

    “Despite its somewhat dilapidated condition, the violin generated a lot of bidding activity and was ultimately sold and shipped to its new owner in Washington state,” said Shopgoodwill team member Jamey Keena.

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    Aug 1, 2009


    ISO 9001:2008 Certification Received

    Goodwill Industries of West Michigan (GIWM) is pleased to announce that it has received ISO 9001:2008 certification for its Industrial Services Division.

    GIWM is one of only 18 Goodwill Industries organizations internationally that have achieved an ISO certification.

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    Jul 20, 2009


    GoodTemps Hires New Manager J.D. Wallace

    GoodTemps, Inc., a subsidiary of Goodwill Industries of West Michigan, recently hired J. D. Wallace as the staffing agency's new manager. Wallace stepped down from a successful 30-year management career at The Muskegon Chronicle to accept the position.??

    "We feel extremely fortunate to have a person of Jay's demonstrated track record in leadership and organizational development on our team," said Goodwill President and CEO Richard Carlson. "His commitment to quality and growth, combined with his knowledge of the West Michigan business community will greatly help us take GoodTemps to the next level."


    Jun 29, 2009


    Goodwill Accepts Family Strengthening Award in Indianapolis

    West Michigan was one of just four Goodwill organizations internationally to receive the 2009 “Goodwill is Good for Families” Family Strengthening Award sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Goodwill Industries International. “Family Strengthening” is a whole-family approach of service delivery, recognizing the correlation between success in the home and success in the workplace. The honor includes a $20,000 gift that will be used to further support Goodwill’s family strengthening efforts.

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