We help people who want to work, prepare for WORK
"My focus right now is on my recovery. But I’m grateful someone took a chance on me. I appreciate that."
– Dan, Vocational Rehabilitation Services participant
Only 52 percent of the estimated 254,000 Minnesotans 18 to 64 years old who have a physical or mental disability were employed in 2010.1
Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota is committed to providing training and opportunities for individuals with disabilities to pursue employment. We believe that anyone who wants to work should WORK.
Dan received employment readiness training and worked processing donations at a Goodwill store. Then his employment consultant helped him secure a janitorial internship at YMCA East St. Paul which led to the YMCA offering him a full-time job. Through our program’s paid work experience with the YMCA, the YMCA receives temporary help and provides a learning opportunity for our participants. It’s a win-win partnership – the YMCA hired Dan, a trained, dedicated employee, and Dan found full-time employment so he can stay focused on his recovery.
1 MN Dept. of Employment and Economic Development, 2010 Comprehensive State Needs Assessment:
2 Wilder Research/MN Compass-Ramsey County/City of Saint Paul Blue Ribbon Commission on Reducing Racial Employment Disparities – May 2011