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Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin

Goodman Community Center

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Workforce Challenge

Goodman Community Center, a local non-profit charitable organization serving Madison’s east side neighborhoods, is always seeking opportunities to help local residents. While it offers services such as a food pantry, community and cultural events, and after school programs for kids of all ages, the organization also recognizes a need to help struggling job seekers get back into the workforce.

Workforce Solution

This commitment to the Madison community led the Goodman Community Center to become a worksite for the Transitional Jobs program, which places workers in a paid, internship-like position to help them learn new job skills and get back on their feet.

The Transitional Jobs participants that have been placed at the Goodman Community Center are working in a variety of roles such as custodial, food pantry, and administrative office staff. These demands of these positions are helping to improve the participants’ work skills in customer service, clerical and administrative duties, attention to detail, and reliable attendance.

Outcomes & Benefits

Goodman’s office manager and volunteer coordinator, Tanya Martinez-Knauer, says she has seen great personal growth in the participants since they began working at the community center. The employees are learning to work with others on a variety of tasks, and Tanya has watched them grow into responsible and self-motivated employees. She is encouraged by the growth she has seen in the employees and is eager to work with more employees from the Transitional Jobs program in the future.

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