Community Employment

Creating a More Diverse Workforce

People with disabilities and other barriers work with a Goodwill Employment Training Specialist to gain employment in the community


About the Program

Goodwill’s Employment Training Specialists (ETSs) help find job opportunities for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. An ETS works with local businesses to build relationships and find suitable positions for job candidates. Goodwill Community Employment participants have filled positions including administrative work, grocery, product stocking and quality control, retail and more.

Individuals in this program work in community-based jobs with the support of an ETS who provides assistance in all aspects of a job. An ETS helps participants develop skills including reliability and dependability, communication, teamwork, critical thinking and conflict resolution. In addition, the ETS works with the businesses to make sure the employee is meeting their needs and completing the job duties satisfactorily.

What People Are Saying

What People Are Saying

“I just felt like Goodwill gave (Alexis) the best opportunity to succeed.

- Danny Armstrong (Alexis’ dad), Alexis is an Administrative Assistant at Families Together

What People Are Saying

What People Are Saying

I have gained so much confidence. You have to learn how to work as a team and do your job diligently.

- Ethan Kemp, Community Employment Participant, Ethan is employed at Walgreen’s and Buffalo Wild Wings

What People Are Saying

What People Are Saying

Jay is a wonderful addition to our family at Dillons. I think Jay has kind of come out of his shell. He was a very quiet person when he first came here, and he seems to be able to handle working with the customers a lot better than he did. I see him smiling more too.

- Pam Mayer, Customer Service Manager, Dillons

What People Are Saying

What People Are Saying

I enjoy being a courtesy clerk. I really like being here. This is the job for me. It makes me feel good at the end of the day to know I helped somebody too.

- Jay Whiley, Community Employment Participant, Courtesy Clerk, Dillons

What People Are Saying

What People Are Saying

There are a lot of myths that when you hire someone with a disability that there’s going to be a lot of extras that go along with it and there’s not. We haven’t changed a thing. (Beverly) fits right in. She fits to our Walgreen’s core of keeping everything happy, healthy and well.

- Joe Miller, Store Manager, Walgreens

What People Are Saying

What People Are Saying

As far as work ethic goes, I think that Steven actually has a better work ethic than most of our employees. As a courtesy clerk, he’s the last impression that our guests have of our business so that’s very important. We want to leave a positive impression on our guests and with Steven we certainly do that.

- Jay Luper, Manager, Dillons

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To participate in this program, individuals and businesses must first be referred by Vocational Rehabilitation through the Kansas Department for Children and Families. If you would like more information about one of our programs or services, please complete the secure form below to contact us.