Welcome to the Horizon Goodwill Industries company newsletter.
Our Mission is: Removing Barriers, Creating Opportunities.
April 2023 Vol. 1, Edition 10
What is Hope?
For many people, the coming of spring is a sign of hope after the dark, cold days of winter. But what IS hope exactly?
Often our understanding of hope comes mainly from how it is used in our everyday vocabulary, where it is used to express a vague wish for something good to happen, such as:
“I hope I get a good grade on this test,” or “Hopefully, my job interview goes well,” etc.
Many don’t realize that hope is actually a powerful human trait that positive psychologists and scientists have researched. It is a future-focused belief that tomorrow can be better than today, and I can make it happen.
Within that belief, there are three primary components of hope:
- Goals: These are the positive ideas we have for a better tomorrow.
- Pathways: These are the strategies and activities you develop to reach your goals.
- Agency: The motivation to use your strategies and the confidence that you will succeed in your efforts.
It is important to understand that Hope also recognizes that there will be barriers on the way to achieving your goals and that by relying on your sense of confidence and resilience, you can find alternative pathways if the one you are on gets blocked.
Many individuals seeking assistance from Goodwill are often hopeless or in despair. They are experiencing one or more barriers to obtaining meaningful employment. Most often, they know or want to be employed (the goal, if you will), but they may not see or understand the steps they need to take to get there. It is also possible that they know what they need to do but have failed in the past and, as a result, don’t have the motivation or confidence to take the first steps.
Goodwill helps people rebuild their hope. For some, this involves helping them to eliminate barriers and create the pathways needed to obtain employment. For others, this is supporting them along their pathway and acknowledging each small accomplishment along the way to build confidence. Most importantly, our staff is there to hold on to hope for these individuals as they work to get over, under, around, or through barriers they might encounter.
Be a Hope Dealer
There is an old business cliché that states “Hope is not a strategy.” I think this is based on our common use of the word hope and not an understanding of the real power of hope. On the contrary, I believe that “Hope is the ONLY strategy” because the cool thing about hope is that it behaves like ripples in a pond; one hopeful individual can inspire hope in another, and the effect grows from there. At HGI, no matter what your position, part of your job is to be a Hope Dealer – supporting, inspiring, and helping others achieve their goals for a better life.
With hope, Dave
Introducing Jessica Scott!
Jessica Scott is the new Associate Director of Housing Services. She has lived in Hagerstown for 30 years but will always be a Jersey Girl, born and raised on the beaches of NJ. She comes to Goodwill with 25 years of nonprofit management experience, the most recent ten years being as the Program Director at Habitat for Humanity. Jessica is a mother of 7 and grandmother of 10. She serves on several local nonprofit boards in her spare time and loves taking road trips with her girlfriends or dancing to some good music. She will provide management support to the housing programs that Goodwill has.
YOU are making a difference in the lives of many people. It’s the beginning of a new year, but here is your impact through February 2023:
Jeff Green – Maryland Works Awards Nominee
If you work in Hagerstown, you’ve probably seen Jeff working on the local janitorial team, but you may not know his name. Here is an introduction, a photo, and some background information on why he was nominated for the Maryland Works Award.
Jeff has worked with Horizon Goodwill Industries for 3.5 years and has been an integral part of the success of our Custodial Department ever since. Due to his work ethic and attention to detail, and despite difficulties, Jeff has worked his way up from custodian to become a Crew Leader, which services our Corporate Office, HGI-2, and several Maryland State sites, including the Hagerstown MVA and the DLLR office along with other commercial sites. In addition to his regular shifts, Jeff has taken on extra shifts at Victor Cullen Children’s Center and Western Maryland Children’s Center.
Jeff is easy-going, pleasant to work with, and a great example of hard work and dedication. He always shows up to work with a smile, and that smile spreads to the whole department. As a veteran, he always wants to keep busy and support others inside and outside Horizon Goodwill. Jeff strives to be the best person he can be and wants to be a positive example of triumph over hardship.
Apart from work, Jeff is an avid movie enthusiast. He is always up for discussing some of his favorite movies between furnishing his newly acquired apartment.
Before Horizon Goodwill employed Jeff, he had struggled with alcohol and drug addiction. He had come to realize; he was not happy with his lifestyle and wanted a change. He was able to get in touch with North Pointe Veterans Home and enter a sobriety program. After focusing on his rehabilitation, he was ready to enter the workforce again. His resource coordinator contacted Horizon Goodwill, where he was hired in 2017 and began working at the Department of Social Services.
Unfortunately, Jeff had difficulty maintaining his sobriety a few years later, and he chose to take a leave of absence to ensure he could maintain his healthy lifestyle. After a small break, he returned to our workforce with renewed energy and the same smile. Since then, he has been promoted to a Crew Leader position and is an essential part of our daily tasks, including the orientation of new employees.
Introducing /re-find/ by Goodwill
You may have heard about a new type of store opening on April 14, 2023, in Smithsburg, MD. This store will be unique and similar in style to a boutique. Merchandise previously available at the retail stores and on the e-commerce site (www.shopgoodwill.com) but did not sell, will be given another chance at this stylized location. The name of the store will be /re-find/ by Goodwill. The name plays on the fact that these second-hand items will be given a second chance at being purchased. These items were hand selected for their uniqueness and should appeal to customers.
Paying Too Much for Prescriptions? Consider Halo Scrips!
The HaloScrips pharmacy team works with eligible members taking multiple maintenance medications. They provide clinical support and coordination with the prescribing providers to ensure all the medicines work well for the members. Our dedicated pharmacy team is available to patients via video calls, phone support, or text message. What drives significant savings for employers and patients is the ability for us to acquire medication from multiple safe sources and bulk purchase them through our process known as group synchronization. Patients receive all their medication completely free with no shipping cost or added fees every 90 days by mail. Read more about the program by downloading the Halo Scrips flyer.
To begin the process of signing up for Halo Scrips, contact Sachie Stover, Chief Customer Officer, at 800-901-4195 or email@example.com.
As a reminder, utilize “Ask Here” in Paycom ESS (Employee Self-Service) to connect you to a Resource Coordinator. Access our EAP (Employee Assistance Program) on the BHS Portal online or via the app at portal.BHSonline.com Username: Horizon Goodwill or call 800-327-2251.
There was no Living Our Values Award winner in March but watch for the Paycom link for the next Living Our Values Award. The nomination survey will be coming later this month!
Milestones & New Hires
Congratulations to the following people for reaching a great milestone, and a big ‘Welcome’ to our newest team members as they begin their journey to their milestones!
|Name||Work Location||Years||Name||Hire Date|
|Selenia Perla||Fort Detrick||1 yr||Kristina Surber||3/13/2023|
|Jammie Fields||Cumberland UPIP||1 yr||Cassandra Boldman||3/13/2023|
|Deborah Williams||Martinsburg GSA||1 yr||William Powell||3/13/2023|
|Elton Austin||HGI-2||1 yr||William Gatton||3/13/2023|
|Jessyka Schifferle||Stanley Store||1 yr||Nick Walters||3/13/2023|
|Betsy Schwenninger||LaVale||1 yr||Tracy Bage||3/13/2023|
|Ashley Piper||Greencastle||1 yr||Barbara Zimmerman||3/13/2023|
|Rodney Feller||Cumberland UPIP||1 yr||Lucy Donlon||3/13/2023|
|Tori Harris||Frostburg||1 yr||Kiarra Wilson||3/14/2023|
|Evelyn Gartner||Winchester||1 yr||John Wathen||3/14/2023|
|Rhonda Eastman||Burhans Store||1 yr||Whitney Mann||3/14/2023|
|Loida Garcia||Fort Detrick||1 yr||Sheena Alston||3/14/2023|
|Misty Shifflett||Winchester||1 yr||Summer Rowney||3/14/2023|
|Xefan Younker||Sideling Hill||1 yr||Derrick Grimm||3/14/2023|
|Jennifer Ford||Martinsburg||1 yr||Kyrii Walker||3/14/2023|
|Kenneth Hollar||HGI-2||1 yr||Misty Jenkins||3/14/2023|
|Courtney Yaeger||Frostburg||1 yr||Kaelyn Gatrell||3/14/2023|
|Erin Addison||Charles Town||1 yr||Kiarra Wilson||3/14/2023|
|Ann Gomez||Cumberland UPIP||1 yr||John Wathen||3/14/2023|
|Nelson Hartzell||Cumberland UPIP||1 yr||Sarah Foss||3/14/2023|
|Tekesha Martinez||HGI-2||1 yr||William Zimmerman||3/14/2023|
|Jo Ann Rogers||Martinsburg||1 yr||Kaelyn Gatrell||3/14/2023|
|Tyler Black||Corporate Center||2 yrs||Rosa Campos||3/15/2023|
|Jenifer Guinther||Corporate Center||2 yrs||Lisa Richardson||3/15/2023|
|Leslie Lundahl||Waynesboro||2 yrs||Judy Kerns||3/16/2023|
|Joyce Smelser||Front Royal||4 yrs||Dale Gatrell||3/16/2023|
|Debra Welch||Cumberland UPIP||4 yrs||Riki Wright||3/17/2023|
|Richard Crane||Winchester||4 yrs||Jonah Hogan||3/17/2023|
|John Streeter||HGI-2||5 yrs||Destiny Carter||3/17/2023|
|Brandon Marks||Corporate Center||7 yrs||Carman Cave||3/18/2023|
|Lori Livingston||HGI-2||8 yrs||Sharai Monninger||3/18/2023|
|Clausell Brito||Burhans Store||8 yrs||Gabriel Saville||3/20/2023|
|Lori Joy||Cumberland UPIP||19 yrs||Michael Northcraft||3/20/2023|
|New Hires||Kassie Salesky||3/20/2023|
|Name||Hire Date||Lakeisha Bunny||3/20/2023|
|Danielle Stottlemyer||3/1/2023||Harvey Smith||3/20/2023|
|Ronald Hoke||3/1/2023||David Powell||3/20/2023|
|Terrence Major||3/1/2023||Keneatha Pryce||3/21/2023|
|Michael Chase||3/1/2023||Daniel Bevagna||3/21/2023|
|Richard Prendergast||3/1/2023||Aubrey Woosley||3/21/2023|
|Damien Michael||3/1/2023||Damien Garner||3/21/2023|
|Holly Covalt||3/1/2023||Daniel Durity||3/22/2023|
|Michelle Olson||3/1/2023||Frank Laredo||3/22/2023|
|Adesina Rubio||3/1/2023||Andrew Hopkins||3/22/2023|
|Keith Singleton||3/2/2023||Marcello Whitfield||3/22/2023|
|Devin Wilder||3/2/2023||Desiree Bohrer||3/22/2023|
|Kori Ringer||3/2/2023||Daniel Durity||3/22/2023|
|Christine Bowser||3/2/2023||Frank Laredo||3/22/2023|
|Devin Wilder||3/2/2023||Amia Dye||3/22/2023|
|Braelyn Aurell||3/4/2023||Kelly Watson||3/22/2023|
|Jessica Scott||3/6/2023||Lanette Oates||3/22/2023|
|Chris Rawlings||3/6/2023||Alexanne Trevorrow||3/23/2023|
|Daishaun Carroll||3/6/2023||Ethel Eldridge||3/24/2023|
|Cristie Elkins||3/6/2023||Zachary Bunner||3/24/2023|
|Tiffany Thacker||3/6/2023||Emmanuel Ihiekaonye||3/24/2023|
|Jesse Baldridge||3/6/2023||Rondall Jones Jr||3/24/2023|
|Timothy Kerns||3/6/2023||Katherine Willey||3/24/2023|
|James Sherman||3/7/2023||Brooke Thomas||3/24/2023|
|Raheem Timbers||3/7/2023||Michael Carter||3/24/2023|
|Kimberly Morris||3/7/2023||Angela Johnson||3/24/2023|
|Michael Cefaratti||3/7/2023||Dominic Cangemi||3/24/2023|
|James Sherman||3/7/2023||Brooke Rutherford||3/24/2023|
|Raheem Timbers||3/7/2023||Cherylann Biggerman||3/24/2023|
|Donald Trumpower Jr||3/8/2023||Sarah Carter||3/25/2023|
|Robert Rabideau||3/8/2023||Johnathan Gochenour||3/25/2023|
|De Andre Gooden||3/8/2023||Ashanti Jones||3/26/2023|
|Shyleer Walker||3/8/2023||Stephanie Rodrigues||3/27/2023|
|Robert Cosner||3/8/2023||Emily Nichols||3/27/2023|
|Grace Briggs||3/8/2023||Rondell Chase||3/27/2023|
|Stephanie Robey||3/8/2023||Daniel Stratton||3/27/2023|
|Donald Trumpower Jr||3/8/2023||Tammy Bittinger||3/27/2023|
|Alexa Simpkins||3/9/2023||Haley Custer||3/27/2023|
|Jaelyn Grant||3/9/2023||Maria Ramos||3/28/2023|
|Brandon Smith||3/9/2023||Freda Lawrence||3/28/2023|
|Reba White||3/9/2023||Tammy Mcdaniel||3/28/2023|
|Ehabsalaheddin Alsharkawi||3/10/2023||Aaron Harris||3/29/2023|
|Jen Spradlin||3/13/2023||Brittany Leash||3/29/2023|
|Madukaego Williams-Holliman||3/13/2023||Leah Moorehead||3/29/2023|
- April 3: Fives Landis Corporation Donation Collection, Hagerstown, MD
- April 4: Antietam Academy Job Fair, Hagerstown, MD
- April 12: Project Connect, Cumberland, MD
- April 14: /re-find/ by Goodwill Grand Opening, Smithsburg, MD
- April 20: Homewood Suites ‘Stuff the Truck’ Donation Collection, Hagerstown, MD
April 22: Earth Day Celebration, The Institute. Donation Collection, Waynesboro, PA
- April 24-30: Shepherd University Student ‘Move Out’, Donation Collection, Shepherdstown, WV
- April 25: Frostburg University Job Fair, Frostburg, MD
- April 27: Cut|Cloth|Work, Cumberland, MD
- April 29: Town of Williamsport Clean Up, Donation Collection, Williamsport, MD
- April 29: Pikeside Methodist Clean Up, Donation Collection, Pikeside, WV
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