The physical demands and fast-paced environment are what, Goodwill Omaha’s 2015 Achiever of the Year, Jacob Brown loves most about his job. He’s a production Wearhouse associate at the Goodwill Retail Operations Center (ROC).
Prior to becoming a full-time employee at Goodwill, Brown was enrolled in the agency’s Work Experience program, which provides on-the-job training for high school students with special needs. He spent part of his days at school and the remaining time at Goodwill being rotated among a variety of work areas. He received experience in custodial, administration and production areas and graduated from the program with the tools needed to apply for and maintain employment.
Brown always enjoyed working in the production side of Goodwill. When a position became open in that area, he applied and was immediately hired. Hauling a couch or emptying a full gaylord is second nature, and he doesn’t mind the sweat that accompanies it. According to Brown’s supervisor, he’s one of the hardest workers on the floor.
As Brown started earning his own paychecks, he started to set goals. He wanted more responsibilities at work and focused on becoming a key holder. Goal accomplished. He saved up money to get his own apartment. Goal accomplished. When he became engaged, he saved up money for the wedding. Goal accomplished. Now, he and his wife are saving money for a new house. We have a feeling Brown will accomplish that goal too.
With Brown’s drive, ambition and the support of his supervisor and coworkers, we have no doubt he’ll continue to achieve and go far at Goodwill!