Local Goodwill employees honored
Posted: Monday, December 15, 2008 10:22 am
The Messenger 12.15.08
Sharon Call has her life back on track and her determination was rewarded when she was recently named the Goodwill Union City Graduate of the Year.
The honor came last month at an awards banquet in Jackson, where Goodwill President and CEO David Lifsey presented the award.
Ms. Call’s story
Ms. Call visited the Goodwill Union City Career Solutions office in June hoping to find a job and a new path after completing rehab. Jacklyn McKinney, Ms. Call’s career counselor, saw a potential employee who was eager, friendly and ready to find work. Timing was on Ms. Call’s side, because not long after enrolling with Goodwill, a position opened in the Union City processing department working with domestics.
The Career Solutions team contacted Ms. Call and she did not waste any time coming into the office, completing paperwork and starting her training in domestics within a short period of time.
Michelle Morris, the lead processor, wanted to hire someone with an outgoing personality because the position required interaction with customers. She said Ms. Call definitely fit the need.
“Sharon is the most outstanding employee I have ever had. She is very personable and meets her production with quality everyday,” Ms. Morris said.
Also receiving an award at the annual event was Amy Evans, who was named the 110% Award winner. She, too, received her award from Lifsey.
Ms. Evans’s story
Ms. Evans was honored for her tireless efforts to recover her confidence and self-esteem after a stroke.
When Ms. Evans came to Goodwill’s Transitional Employment Services Program in Union City, her Transitional Program manager, Lora McClerkin, worked closely with her for several months. During that time, Ms. McClerkin said Ms. Evans blossomed and devoted herself to becoming a success.
Ms. Evans’s efforts paid off. She applied for jobs throughout the community, including a position at Goodwill. She is now working full time processing items at the Goodwill store in Union City.
For over 50 years, Goodwill has provided job training and job placement free of charge to people with disabilities or other barriers to employment through the sale of donated items. Goodwill has served 8,938 people and placed 2,292 in jobs in the community through October 2008.
For more information on Goodwill’s Career Solutions, retail stores and donation centers, visit the Web site www.giveit2goodwill.org or call toll-free 1-800-545-9231.