In 1995, I hesitantly accepted a Direct Support Professional position offered by Goodwill at Spiller Park Apartments. At that point I had just finished college and had no idea what I wanted to do or be in the career world. I was immediately hooked! The service recipients inspired me, my co-workers were focused on the mission and Goodwill was a great employer.
Over the last 16 years, I have been fortunate enough to hold many positions and currently serve as Goodwill’s Senior Director of Residential Services. In Residential Services, we provide support to 83 service recipients in 24 small, community based homes. My experience and tenure has provided me an appreciation for the many challenges and opportunities that our employees and service recipients face on a daily basis.
Through the years there have been many accomplishments in Residential Services, but I am most proud of the work we have done in bringing people home from inappropriate and out of state placements. Our team has provided 15 individuals a chance to establish a real home and quality of life for themselves. Each of them has seized the opportunity and have been positively impacted forever.
Even though a lot has happened during my 16 years with Goodwill, I still remain hooked! The service recipients continue to inspire, the hardworking employees remain focused on the mission and Goodwill continues to be a great place to be.
Updated 8 months ago by Calvin Gilbert