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Goodwill Fall Newsletter 2018

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People Working. Lives Improved. FALL 2018 I N D U S T R I E S O F T U L S A ose Jones has been successful because of her eagerness and motivation to work. Goodwill Industries of Tulsa first met Rose when she was at the beginning of her senior year at Broken Arrow High School. She was in special education class- es and her mother was thinking of Rose's future and how to prepare her for a job after she graduated. In school, Rose had many barriers to overcome. She needed extra time to learn, she sometimes had a hard time staying on task and encountered difficulty maintaining her attention span. In high school, Rose benefited from being in smaller sized classrooms. Her teachers thought that she would be a good candidate for Goodwill's Transition Work Adjustment class in our Broken Arrow Store. The individualized instruction and classroom size proved to be a good fit for Rose. As soon as Rose started in Goodwill's class it was clear she had a strong desire to learn. She was active in class discussions, role-plays and self-video modeling. Rose's contributions to the class were her humor, kindness and love for learning. Part of the class curriculum was paid work experience in Goodwill's retail store and Rose gravitated to working in the store. She showed an aptitude for working in retail and wanted to pursue working in a retail environment after graduation. Rose completed the Work Adjustment program and R graduated from Broken Arrow High School in May 2017. She was ready to find a job and selected Goodwill's Supported Employment program to assist her in securing employment in retail. Rose and her employment consultant worked diligently job searching for just the right job. She was offered a job at Walmart in Broken Arrow in the lawn and garden department. With support from her Goodwill Employment Consultant Rose learned her job tasks and was determined to take on ad- ditional duties and responsibilities. After her initial training period Rose was trained as a cashier and then was cross- trained to be able to work in several other departments in the store. Rose loves learning and that is demonstrated in her daily performance. She can be seen working in the lawn and garden department, cashiering at the front or assisting to stock merchandise in other departments. Rose happily works wherever she is needed by Walmart. She has been successfully working since November 2017. Rose is a great example of success for students currently in Goodwill's Transition Work Adjustment Program. She was chosen as the 2018 Success Award winner at our Transition Work Adjustment Program Awards Ceremony in May of 2018. The graduating students were Continued on page 2 Rose Jones – Eager and Motivated to Work

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