Operation Good Jobs

Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit Knocks Down Barriers to Employment for Veterans.


Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit launched its “Operation Good Jobs” program in 2013, focused on eliminating barriers to employment and facilitate economic independence for military veterans.

The individualized program provides job training and placement to military veterans in the Greater Detroit area. 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 that participants receive. Operation Good Jobs staff provide post-employment retention services to ensure success after job placement.

Goodwill continues to establish partnerships with Metro Detroit employers to provide quality job opportunities and independence to veterans 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 interested in learning more or participating in the Operation Good Jobs program can attend a weekly orientation program, happening every Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit headquarters, located at 3111 Grand River Avenue in Detroit.

Inquiries should be directed to David Williams, Veteran Family Strengthening Coordinator at (313) 557-8627 or dwilliams2@goodwilldetroit.org.


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