Mission: The mission of Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin, Inc. is to provide training, employment, and supportive services for people with disabilities or disadvantages who seek greater independence. Such disabilities or disadvantages include physical or mental disabilities, skill limitations, lack of education and job preparation, communication challenges, and economic disadvantages. Goodwill pursues its mission in two ways. The first is by employing people with disabilities within the organization''s own operations in southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. The second is by providing social services, community programs, vocational training, transitional employment and other services for individuals who have disabilities or are disadvantaged or have other special needs, in order to enhance their employment opportunities, prevent or alleviate rehabilitation problems, and facilitate their ability to live independently in the community. The combined Southeastern Wisconsin Goodwill Corporation offer programs and services at more than 50 locations and annually serve nearly 34,000 people.
Geographic areas served: southeastern Wisconsin and metropolitan Chicago
Programs: Goodwill provides food service, administrative and logistics support to the United States Navy at the Naval Station Great Lakes in Illinois. Through the AbilityOne program, Goodwill provided work opportunities and skill development for 840 individuals with severe disabilities. During 2009, Work Services provided hands-on experience in high-speed packaging, assembly, inspection, commercial laundry services, and secure document destruction to 543 individuals with disabilities. Through 11 Day Centers throughout Southeastern Wisconsin, Day Services provided 523 participants with activities including community outings to local restaurants, concerts, and festivals; social skill development; health and safety, problem-solving and self-advocacy skill development; and where appropriate, vocational training. Goodwill's Kenosha County Programs served 15,733 individuals in 2009, by offering employment services such as job seeking and retention, life skills and parenting workshop sessions, work experience opportunities, one-on-one consultation, mentoring and follow-up. Senior Services provides meals, case management, shopping and errand service and Foster Grandparent program for people over the age of 60 who have physical or developmental disabilities or are frail elders. During 2009, Goodwill delivered a total of 422,943 meals to homes and congregate meal sites and provided seniors with 1,832 specialized shopping trips. Goodwill's Vocational Services area offers community and supported employment, evaluation services, job placement, work adjustment, and skills training. In 2009, 759 individuals received employment services, 596 recieved training services, and 641 received support services.