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Mission: Jobs

When Chrissy Baneky has a job to do, it’s best not to get in her way.

The energetic Chrissy likes her customers at the Wegmans in Westwood to be happy. “I have a lot to do before lunchtime,” said Chrissy, who works as a café assistant. “I want to make sure everything looks good and the tables are clean. How else are people going to eat!?”

Chrissy, a Hyde Park resident, is a graduate of Goodwill’s Will to Work program, which is designed to help young adults with disabilities obtain competitive employment. The program focuses on skill development, job readiness, and career exploration. Chrissy has always been interested in restaurants and food services so the position at Wegmans has been a good fit.

“I like getting the experience,” she says, adding that her “dream job” is to someday work at a restaurant.

Though Chrissy has graduated from Will to Work, Goodwill offers extended support post job placement and checks in with her and her employer on a regular basis. These check-ins could include transportation assistance, retention counseling, and job coaching.

They needn’t check in on whether the tables are clean though – Chrissy is on top of that.

Michael Capezzuto


When 32-year-old West Springfield resident Michael Capezzuto came to Goodwill’s Career Academy in Springfield, he had a strong desire to work, but had limited job skills and work experience to fall back on. He had worked off and on in his family’s landscaping business, but was ready for a change and was looking for full-time employment.

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