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  • Supported Employment Services and Benefits Planning

    Agency: Goodwill of Central Iowa

    04/07/2020 - COVID -19 Changes:

    First of all, let me state that we hope that you all are staying well and healthy. These are unprecedented times that call for incredibly challenging decisions and we know that we are not alone when it comes to these decisions. In the interest of the highest degree of safety and health for our community, and in accordance with recent developments from the Governor, the CDC, Iowa Department of Public Health, and like many of you in the community within your own organizations, Goodwill of Central Iowa would like to make you aware of several temporary changes/updates to programming:

    Skills Training programming– Retail Skills Training will complete their program at the end of the day today (03/17). Food Service Skills Training and Warehouse/Packaging/Logistics (WPL) Skills Training will complete their program no later than the end of the day Friday (03/19). Sadly, this means there will also be no public graduation ceremonies – but please know how proud we are of all our graduates and the amazing progress they made! The Food Services/WPL programs scheduled to begin 03/30 and 03/31 respectively will be postponed indefinitely. No decision will be made at this time regarding the next Retail Skills Training program to begin April 27.

    Supported Employment Services (SEP) – all job development programming and a majority of job coaching programming will be suspended indefinitely. Individual team members will be contacted by their respective Career Specialists and Job Coaches for further information.

    Day Services – programming will be suspended indefinitely, effective immediately. Individual team members will be contacted, if they have not already, by their respective Life Instructors.

    Career Connection Centers (Des Moines and Newton) – CCCs will close at close of business on Wednesday, March 18th, and remain closed indefinitely.

    Should you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding any of these programs, please send an e-mail to and we respond as quickly as we can!

    Again, we sincerely thank you for your support and understanding with the decisions made today. I will continue to communicate and relay all the latest details, as soon as they become available. Be well, be smart, be safe, and stay strong – we are all in this together and it is together we will get through it!

    Sincerely, Justin Bogers, Community OUtreach & Program Coordinator

    Improves the quality of life of individuals by providing training, education and employment programs.

    SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT services are designed to provide personalized assistance to individuals with disabilities. Encouragement in independence by helping job-seekers get the skills necessary to find and maintain employment in the community. Program is focused on finding and utilizing individual strengths. Through job coaching and hands-on training, participants learn to understand their abilities and determine which jobs will allow those abilities to shine and go for their full potential.

    BENEFITS PLANNING enables beneficiaries with disabilities to make informed choices about going to work also supporting them as they continue progress toward self-sufficiency. Team members will work with beneficiaries to provide in-depth counseling about benefits and the effect of work on those benefits. Education about benefits is provides in order to help beneficiaries attain independence and confidence. Team members counsel beneficiaries on Work Incentive Summary, Benefits Summary and Analysis, PASS plan, Impairment Related Work Expenses (IRWE) and resolve benefits issues.

    • Goodwill of Central Iowa
      Main Phone: (515) 265-5323
      Fax: (515) 265-0645
      5355 Northwest 86th Street
      Johnston, IA 50131

    Agency: Goodwill of Central Iowa

    Languages Available: English

    Fees: None

    Intake: Call for services

    Eligibility: Individuals with disabilities and available funding to support services through waiver, IVRS, MFP, or private pay

    Documents Required: Call for details

    Hours: Varied to meet individual needs

    Areas Served:
    • Polk County
    • Marshall County
    • Story County
    • Tama County

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