Older Workers are hitting the Mark at Goodwill

By Raychel Harvey-Jones

Horizon Goodwill is helping to celebrate the great work done by older employees as part of National Older Workers Week.

For Sandra Brotemarkle getting a job in her 50’s was a challenge. Thanks to Horizon Goodwill she is on the road to a great career.

Sandra started her journey with Goodwill about nine months ago.

She began training to do clerical duties, answering phones, greeting customers, and scanning and filing documents.

After just a few months Sandra is now working with Goodwill clients, teaching them about daily living skills.

“The transition that I have made from clerical work to working directly with individuals has made me feel more fulfilled. I enjoy what I’m doing now. Being with the individuals every day has made a big difference in my life again,” says Sandy.

The goal of National Employ Older Workers Week is to raise awareness of this growing an underused group of workers. It also helps employers to come with initiatives and strategies to get older workers onboard.

Trisha Paul from Horizon Goodwill says, “Having Sandy in the kitchen area is a huge help.” It lets us focus more on other job duties specific to our client needs.”

Community Programs Manager for Goodwill Terri Foote says, “You can tell that Sandy is happier working side by side with others rather than sitting behind a desk. It’s nice to see her smile.”

Goodwill is one of only 15 national nonprofit organizations authorized by the U.S. Department of Labor to administer the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) to provide assistance to older workers.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, workers who are 55 and older will make up one-quarter of the civilian workforce within the next five years.