Operation Good Jobs



New T-Shirt Campaign to Support “Operation Good Jobs” funded by GalaxE.Solutions


MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. — Michigan is home to the country’s 11th population of military veterans– nearly 350,000 of which are unemployed. To raise awareness and vital dollars to support job training and employment initiatives for veterans and their families, GalaxE.Solutions and Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit have issued a limited edition, “Operation Good Jobs” t-shirt at the Mackinac Policy Conference. The Made-in-the-U.S.A. camouflage shirts are free with a minimum $10 donation to Goodwill, an organization solely dedicated to helping Southeast Michigan residents overcome employment challenges and earn jobs. The project symbolizes the GalaxE. Solutions and Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit’s collective mission of putting Metro Detroiters back to work.

Goodwill’s “Operation Good Jobs” is focused on eliminating barriers to employment for military veterans and their families to facilitate self-sufficiency. In the past year, the program has helped more than 100 veterans and family members find jobs or access veteran care services and entitled benefits. The program provides job assessment, training and placement in addition to ongoing support to ensure long term success. Yet, funding is limited.

Located in Detroit’s Campus Martius, GalaxE Solutions, Inc. has illustrated its dedication to the City of Detroit’s workforce through its ongoing partnership with Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit. The company has also highlighted the benefits of working and living in the City through its “Outsource to Detroit” and “Love, Detroit” campaigns.

“Our commitment to Detroit is unwavering,” said Tim Bryan, CEO, GalaxE Solutions. “Since expanding to Detroit in 2010, we continue to appreciate the talent, geography and economic benefits of doing business in this great American city. In our ongoing efforts to bolster the Detroit job market, we are supporting “Operation Good Jobs” to ensure veterans and their families are able to access the resources necessary to thrive.”

Said Lorna G. Utley, President and CEO, Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit “Operation Good Jobs” addresses the comprehensive needs of veterans and their family members facing employment challenges – from resume building to long-term career counseling and transportation.” She added, “ This commitment from GalaxE Solutions elevates the level of assistance we are able to provide veterans and promotes success in the transition to civilian life.”

 “Operation Good Jobs” t-shirts are available free with a donation of $10 or more via the following:

  • Goodwill Industries’ retail stores in Canton, Dearborn and Commerce Township. For locations visit – www.goodwilldetroit.org
  • Goodwill Industries’ Ben & Jerry’s PartnerShop at 1014 Woodward Avenue in Detroit in the Compuware building
  • Visiting Goodwill Industries online at: www.goodwilldetroit.org (postage/handling charges apply)
  • Calling Goodwill at: 1-313-557-8791(postage/handling charges apply)

T-shirt donations support the Operation Good Jobs efforts to employ veterans and their families in Southeast Michigan.


Operation Good Jobs Shirts


Operation Good Jobs

Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit’s “Operation Good Jobs” Knocks Down Barriers to Employment and Provides Paths to New Opportunities

Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit has launched its “Operation Good Jobs” program, focused on eliminating barriers to employment for military veterans and their families to facilitate economic independence.

The 16-week program is one of the only Detroit-area initiatives that provides job training and placement to military spouses and adult children (ages 18 – 25), in addition to veterans. The program includes career planning, skills training and services that help translate military experience into civilian employment. A key element of the program is the ongoing support participants receive. Operation Good Jobs staff provide post-employment retention services to ensure success after job placement.

Goodwill has established partnerships with Metro Detroit employers to provide quality job opportunities and independence to veterans and their families upon completion of the program.

“Goodwill has a track record of success in creating jobs for those with barriers to employment. We saw a need to expand our mission to include veterans and military families – the result is Operation Good Jobs,” said Lorna G. Utley, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit. “Our goal is to ensure that our veterans and their families are trained, trusted and ready to work,” she added.

The program is led by former U.S. Army Spc. David Williams. “Transitioning into civilian life can be challenging for veterans and their families. I understand first hand the sacrifices and adversity returning veterans face, so I am particularly vested in helping them succeed,” Williams said.

Veterans, spouses of active or retired service members and adult children (ages 18 -25) interested in learning more or participating in the Operation Good Jobs program can attend a weekly orientation program, happening every Tuesday at 2:15 p.m. at the Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit headquarters, located at 3111 Grand River Ave. in Detroit.

Operation Good Jobs is generously funded by the DTE Energy Foundation.

Inquiries should be directed to David Williams, Veteran Family Strengthening Coordinator at (313) 557-8627 or dwilliams@goodwilldetroit.org.