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Success Stories

Mission: Jobs

Shadair Kemp has never let obstacles get in his way. Born with a developmental and physical disability, Shadair has to use crutches in order to get around. But they are just a fact of life, not a hindrance. “I don’t let my crutches hold me back from doing anything that I want to do,” Shadair said.

Shadair was one of seven graduates from Goodwill’s first Project SEARCH class at Spaulding Rehabilitation Center. The school-to-work program is designed to prepare young adults with disabilities for competitive employment.

“Project SEARCH is a wonderful partnership between Spaulding and Goodwill,” said Colleen Moran, Director of Workforce and Volunteer Programs at Spaulding. “The students learn valuable skills in a real world workplace environment.”

Working with a job site specialist from Goodwill, Shadair completed two internships while at Spaulding, one in the Physical Therapy department and the other in Materials Management. “I liked working there because I got to interact with people,” Shadair said. “I’d say I’m good at talking with people.”

In June 2014, Shadair achieved two milestones: he completed the Project SEARCH program and he graduated from Charlestown High School. Now, Shadair is putting the skills he learned at Spaulding to good use and working as a retail processer at Marshalls.

“Working at Spaulding was great for me,” Shadair said. “It helped me learn what it would take to get a job.”

BRING CONNECTIONS HOME

Goodwill relies on partnerships with businesses, foundations, and community organizations to advance its mission. The list of organizations is long. Some send volunteers. Some hire job trainees. Some work with mobile crews. Some donate funds. Some donate clothing or household items.

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