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Success Stories

BRING JOBS HOME

Dennis Winship is helping bring to you many of the household products you use every day.

Dennis performs light assembly work at Tropical Products, a Salem-based company that develops, manufactures, and fills orders for a variety of home and hygiene products.

Dennis is in Goodwill’s Employment Supports Program, which helps individuals with developmental disabilities go to work. Many participants are in mobile work crews that go to the employer’s place of business – a model the works well for the companies and creates an integrated environment for the participants that allows them to interact with other employees.

“This is a fantastic program,” said Ed Berman, the owner of Tropical Products. “It’s worked out really well for us to have a Goodwill crew here. They’ve done a great job and I could definitely see us expanding the program.”

At work, Dennis is quiet, serious, and focused on his job. He has been coming to Goodwill’s job training facility in Salem since 2015 and started working at Tropical Product with five other Goodwill participants in the spring of 2016. He is a hard worker, according to Berman, and was recently named Most Cooperative Employee of the Month.

“I like coming here,” said Dennis. “It gives me good experience.”

Michael Capezzuto

BRING JOBS HOME

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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