The Story Behind The Store
“Hiring a Goodwill graduate was much easier than I anticipated.” – ERIC’S BOSS
For Eric, a man with mild mental retardation, Goodwill was the connection to new skills and working in an environment where he could thrive.
A Goodwill Job Developer paired him with a job at a local golf course restaurant knowing it would be a perfect fit because Eric is an avid golfer. Eric was ready for a job with more responsibility and greater community interaction. In his new role, Eric’s responsibilities grew from opening the restaurant and food preparation to earning certifications to serve customers at the bar.
Kelly Jantzer, General Manager of the restaurant, said adding Eric to his small staff was an easy transition. “Hiring a Goodwill graduate was much easier than I anticipated,” Kelly said. “Because of the Job Coach, I didn’t have to take on training him.” He smiles admitting that Eric seemed to know as many or more of the restaurant regulars as he did. Because of his experience at the course, Eric has transitioned to a non-seasonal job elsewhere.
2012 GOODWILL GRADUATE OF THE YEAR, JACKSON COUNTY