Southern Oregon Goodwill hosted its Stories Behind the Store Celebration for Klamath County, the third in a series of five events set across its territory this year, on May 11 Running Y Resort.
The Story of the Year was Jonathon Carle, the first student to earn his GED through the Klamath Center for Education and Training, an adult-education partnership between Goodwill and Klamath Community College. Jonathon found the support he needed to seize a second chance at reaching his educational goals. He’s now taking classes at KCC with plans to transfer to a four-year college, where he hopes to play football.
This video showcasing his story premiered at the awards ceremony.
Lori and Gordon Reeves, owners of Thrifty City, were honored as the 2016 Community Partner of the Year. Thrifty City is a work experience site offering individualized training, assessment and accommodations to ensure Goodwill job-training clients can succeed.
Klamath Falls store manager Tracy Hoehn was named Employee of the Year for her continuous career growth and dedication to Goodwill’s mission. She was nominated by Vice President of Retail & Operations Matt Chesler, who highlighted her achievements as a new manager leading her team through a challenging remodel during the summer of 2016.
See more fun photos from the event on Facebook.