Employee of the Year
Jamie works as a lead in our Commerce Retail Store and she does an excellent job. Jamie was referred to Goodwill from Texas Workforce Solutions Vocational Rehabilitation Services. Jamie had never worked before and was experiencing some anxiety and depression due to difficulty finding work. Goodwill’s Workforce Development Department worked with Jamie to assist her in overcoming this anxiety and Jamie has become an asset to the Commerce Store. Occasionally, Jamie still experiences some emotional issues and when this happens Goodwill’s Workforce employees meet with Jamie to assist her in overcoming any problems that she may have whether they be personal or problems on the job. Due to Jamie’s exceptional work ethic and dedication Jamie has been selected as our Employee of the Year.
Achiever of the Year
Basel Aftimos was referred to Goodwill Industries of Northeast Texas from the Texas Workforce Commission Vocational Rehabilitation Services for employment services. Basel had a very strong desire to work to support himself and his family. Basel was volunteering at different organizations in the Sherman area to gain new work skills. When Basel was a young man both of his legs were amputated. Basel has not let the fact that he has prosthetic legs ever deter him from his desire to work.
Basel expressed an interest in working many different places, with Goodwill being one of those organizations. In 2016, Basel accepted a position as a custodian for Goodwill’s AS-IS store. Basel’s supervisor, Bruce Hill states that Basel demonstrates excellent work habits and job proficiency. Basel always meets or exceeds expectations. Bruce also states Basel works safely, reports to work on time, and is very personable and polite. Basel is a great example of Goodwill’s Mission of “Giving a Hand Up Rather Than a Hand Out”. Due to Basel’s hard work and dedication he is receiving the award of Achiever of the Year.
Employer of the Year
QwikWash America opened their first facility in Frisco, Texas. In 2004 they began operations in McKinney. QwikWash states they do provide the highest quality products and services, in a timely manner, according to their customers’ needs.
QwikWash America has been very supportive of Goodwill Industries’ Workforce Development Program. The willingness of QwikWash McKinney Manager, Landon Walker, to provide an opportunity to learn job skills in a positive environment for individuals with disadvantages and/or disabilities and to encourage their steady employment, is a wonderful community partnership for Goodwill.
We wish to honor QwikWash America’s commitment to the community and to people with disabilities and/or disadvantages by naming them our 2016 Employer of the Year.
Placement of the Year
Melvin Heard was referred to Goodwill Industries of Northeast Texas through the Texas Workforce Solutions Vocational Rehabilitation Services in 2016. Melvin lives in a group home and unfortunately is unable to have much contact with his family. Melvin had a strong desire to work to earn extra money and his group home was very supportive of this. Melvin’s work history was limited due to a criminal history and his limited reading and writing skills. Melvin continued to want to try and make a few positive changes in his life. Goodwill’s Workforce Department was able to secure Melvin a job at the Qwikwash in McKinney. Melvin started this job September, 2016. During Melvin’s training his supervisor stated that he learned the tasks quickly and they were very pleased. Melvin has been crossed trained on several of the jobs at Qwikwash and is currently assigned to wiping down the tires. Melvin loves his job, his coworkers, and is very grateful to Qwikwash for giving him this employment opportunity.
Community Volunteer of the Year
Experience Works, Frida Niblet
Goodwill has had the privilege of partnering with Experience Works and Frida Niblet, to help train a few individuals, 55 and older, in different departments at our company.
The Experience Works participants work diligently to learn skills in different departments at Goodwill facilities. Participants volunteer 20-hours per week. They have become a very valuable part of Goodwill. The knowledge and willingness they bring to Goodwill is outstanding.
The participants in the program work in our stores keeping them stocked and clean. The participants that work in the corporate office assist in different office tasks, which includes answering phones and greeting the public. Goodwill greatly appreciates all the participants from the Experience Works program.
Donor of the Year
Since 1990, Capital Senior Living; Pecan Point, has grown to become the largest senior living providers in the United States. With a goal of offering affordable housing and an enriched lifestyle to thousands of seniors, their dedicated team of professionals succeeds in providing quality care in each unique community. From thoughtfully designed community features, apartment amenities and floor plans, to exceptional services and recreational opportunities, they have thought of everything.
Care services in Sherman, TX. Staff members are available 24 hours a day and work with residents and their loved ones to tailor healthcare plans for all levels of need.
Goodwill Industries was selected as a community partner for Pecan Point when they had a surplus of furniture, while that property was undergoing a remodel. Goodwill was fortunate enough to receive enough to distribute out to various store locations. Experience Works program.