Roseburg, OR — Southern Oregon Goodwill® Industries will honor successful community employment for adults with barriers at a Goodwill Story Behind the Store Celebration for Douglas County on Thursday, April 13.
Goodwill will recognize Gary Eads, owner of a McDonald’s franchise in Douglas County, for offering job opportunities and support for Goodwill clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities. An employer who sees ability, not disability, he is the 2016 Story of the Year for Goodwill in Douglas County. In addition, Goodwill will honor the team at the Vocational Rehabilitation office in Roseburg as the 2016 Community Partner of the Year for their continued support of programs and services that help people find meaningful work. Goodwill also will honor its employee of the year in Douglas County.
The Goodwill Story Behind the Store Celebration for Douglas County will be Thursday, April 13, at Seven Feathers Casino Resort. It is one of five similar events to be held between March and July in Goodwill’s Southern Oregon region that covers Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake counties in Oregon, and Siskiyou County in Northern California.
The dinner events are made possible thanks to corporate sponsorship of local companies such as SignCraft, Rogue Credit Union and US Bank and regionally by Propel Insurance.
The Goodwill Story Behind the Store celebrations will honor Goodwill program participants who overcame odds and found their full potential through work, community support, or education in 2016. Each event will celebrate a local Story (client or employer), a community partner, and most will also have a Goodwill employee of the year. The events will also commemorate Goodwill’s 50th anniversary of service to communities of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Goodwill was founded locally in 1967 in Grants Pass.