Operation Good Jobs

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.

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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 dwilliams2@goodwilldetroit.org.