"Ohio Valley Goodwill Welcomes Representative Wes Retherford on Advocacy Day!"

L to R: Michael Flannery, Public Information Officer and Representative Wes Retherford.

Ohio Valley Goodwill was very pleased to welcome Representative Wes Retherford to its corporate headquarters on Thursday, May 16th. The newly-elected legislator represents District 51 in Butler County. Goodwill’s team had met with Mr. Retherford in April at the Ohio House of Representatives during the Association of Goodwills meeting day event and had cordially invited the Representative to tour the organization’s corporate headquarters at that time.Goodwill Team Members Michael Flannery, Public Information Officer and Sharon Hannon, Marketing Specialist provided the comprehensive tour which included all of the organization’s programs and services but especially
with a more in-depth look at the Veterans program, as this is of particular interest to the legislator. Veteran’s Services Case Manager, Shane Satterfield explained the scope of skill training, employment assistance, transitional housing and other related supports offered to our nation’s veterans. Mr. Retherford spoke about his current work on legislation that would help veterans with service-related training to have that training acknowledged in the civilian world which would help to expedite certification and employment.

The legislator was also interested to see the many programs offered to individuals served through our partnerships with County Boards of Developmental Disabilities as well as the Rehabilitation Services Commission. Mr. Retherford was very cordial in meeting all of the Goodwill staff team members as well as program participants and noted that he was very impressed with the operations. “I am very pleased to find out more about Goodwill and the economic impact that the organization has in helping people go to work in our community,” said the Representative. Mr. Retherford’s visit was especially timely as today is National Advocacy Day on the part of Goodwill organizations at the nation’s capitol. “We’re all about helping people go to work- whether its veterans or others trying to find employment,” said Michael Flannery, Public Information Officer. For more information about Goodwill’s programs and services, please visit www.cincinnatigoodwill.org/services.

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