Goodwill Industries, Calumet Work Center
- Relates this story of a gentleman who lived his entire life in the Upper
Peninsula of Michigan. He grew up on a
family farm and had to drop out of school before high school to assist his
family. He later married and had three
children. Despite his limited education
he was successful in his job as a laborer for over 40 years, but due to heavy
lifting on a daily basis he suffered a severe injury. After several surgeries and physical therapy
it was determined that the injury was too severe to allow him to return to his
He was referred to Goodwill Industries Workforce Development
Program (WFD) for Vocational Training in hopes he could learn a new skill set that
would make him employable. He arrived
every day with enthusiasm to work and continued to arrive each day month after
month receiving this unpaid training, but treating it as a job showing how
strong his work ethic was. Unfortunately
it became clear the due to the severity of his injury that he was unemployable
in a competitive job in the community.
Now he needed to settle his claim with workers compensation as he could
not return to his previous employment.
The morning before the workers compensation settlement
hearing his wife of more than 40 years passed away. With support from WFD he was finally able to
settle his workers compensation claim.
If it hadn’t been for funding from the Copper Country United Way, his work here
would have ended. WFD was able to
provide him with support during his most difficult times in his life.
He now continues with paid Vocational Training at the
Goodwill Industries, Calumet
and is as dependable as the first day he walked through our doors.
Funding from the Copper Country United Way has enabled WFD
to continue to provide him the support that gives him a purpose, and he serves
as an example to others just what the power of work can do.