October 16, 2020

The Impact of a Job Coach

An open letter from Liz and Greg Iorio, parents of #OCGoodwill Supported Employment Program Participant Ben Iorio, about how his Goodwill job coach has positively impacted Ben’s life. Dear Goodwill of Orange County, I am writing to you about my son, Ben Iorio, who is on the autism spectrum and his job coach, Carlos Linos....
Poster on the Impact of a job coach

September 15, 2020

Trevor’s Tomatoes

Trevor R., a 27 yr old with Down Syndrome, has not been able to report to work at the #OCGoodwill store in Fullerton since mid-March. It’s been tough being thrown out of his routine. Trevor misses work, he misses the daily socialization and connection he had with his co-workers and friends. Since his work group...
Trevor R

August 21, 2020

From homeless with 35 cents in his pocket, to a job, an apartment and a new outlook on life: Army Veteran Everett’s Story

Tom Boscamp, an Army Veteran himself, is the Director of the Veterans Resource Center at Coastline Community College’s Garden Grove Campus, and Chair of the Education Working Group for the Orange County Veterans and Military Families Collaborative (OCVMFC).  The Coastline Community College Veterans Resource Center is across the street from Garden Grove Library and a...
Everett Corral

July 15, 2020

Partnership Spotlight: CHOC Hospital

Goodwill of Orange County and CHOC (Children’s Hospital of Orange County) have been partners for several years now. Currently, CHOC employs two Goodwill program participants within its Environmental Services (EVS) department. The management team at CHOC have made it a priority to ensure everyone is working well and safely during this pandemic. In the midst...
Liliana wearing mask and PPE at Children's Hospital of Orange County

June 17, 2020

Partnership Highlight: St. Joseph Hospital

#OCGoodwill’s partnership with St. Joseph Hospital spans for many years. Currently, the hospital employs two participants in a group setting and four participants in an individual setting. All six team members are in charge of different tasks within the Environmental Services (EVS) Department. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, fear set in with all...
Male and female workers with cleaning equipment at a hospital corridor

June 10, 2020

Partnership Spotlight: CareCo

In 2019, a great partnership between #OCGoodwill’s Supported Employment program and CareCo in Mission Viejo was born. Led by owner Jeff Martin and Manager Fred Knilans, the collaboration continues to strengthen and reflect Goodwill’s core values. CareCo, manufacturers of Scent Bomb air freshener, currently employs three deserving and hardworking Supported Employment program participants — Iman...
Four workers wearing masks at CareCo

June 3, 2020

An Open Letter to Our Goodwill Team Members

Dear Goodwill of Orange County Team: When I watched the graphic video of George Floyd killed by the knees of a police officer, I was shocked, angry and heartbroken. I thought, “How could this be happening again? What is wrong with us? Have we not learned?” What happened to George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery and...
Black background with a grey heart