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Goodwill Stores honored by CCBDD

Submitted photo Honored at the Salem Goodwill store are, from the left, District Managers Jamie Pagley and Heather Yeager, employee Brandon Clark, Asst. Store Manager Misa Koch, Paul Anthony of Reach 4 More, employee Adam Buckius, and Bill Devon, CCBDD superintendent.

When it comes to being employed, people with developmental disabilities have the same dreams most everyone does: the enjoyment that comes from working in their own communities, the chance to show what they can do, and the dignity of a paycheck.

For enabling these dreams, Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries’ Calcutta and Salem stores have been recognized by Reach 4 More, a business engagement program of the Columbiana County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCBDD.)

Youngstown Area Goodwill has been serving Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania for more than 125 years. It offers a variety of programs and services to help people prepare for and find meaningful employment. The nonprofit currently employs three individuals who went through the Reach 4 More program, with two working at Salem and one at Calcutta.

“Goodwill strives to help all individuals in our community while increasing awareness of the benefits of hiring job seekers with disabilities and disadvantaging conditions,” said Mark Goloja, CEO of Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries.

“We constantly look for ways to promote a diverse and inclusive workplace where people, with and without barriers, can find meaningful employment and growth opportunities that can help improve lives,” Goloja said.

He said the staff enjoys working “with these incredible individuals” and looks forward to “seeing all they continue to achieve.”

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