Goodwill Program: Employment Skills Training Program
“Nothing but good things have happened since I started at Goodwill.”
Anyone who meets Jason quickly realizes he’s polite, always has a smile on his face and eager to work.
It’s hard to not embrace Jason’s spirit.
Jason’s eagerness helped him excel in Goodwill’s vocational counseling and employment skills training services, ultimately leading to employment.
Jason came to Goodwill in December 2001 after being referred by the Carl Watkins Center.
“I was at home with nothing to do. The Carl Watkins Center told me about Goodwill and I wanted to try it out,” Jason said. “Nothing but good things have happened since I started at Goodwill. I have learned many life skills and I learned how to take care of myself.”
When Jason was ready to hit the workforce, he received supported employment and was paired with a Goodwill job coach.
“When it was time for me to move on, my job coach, David Washam, helped me find a job at Red Robin in the University area,” Jason said. “David stayed with me until I learned to do the job myself. The people at Red Robin are very nice and I want to thank them for giving me a chance to work there.”
Today, Jason continues to work at Red Robin. Jason said he’s grateful for the many friends he’s made at Goodwill — friends who introduced him to even more friends.
In recognition for his accomplisments, Jason received a GoodWork Award at Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont’s 2008 Cornerstone Celebration. Click here to see Jason receive the award and hear about his inspirational journey in his own words.