Despite bitterly cold temperatures, Ohio Valley Goodwill was pleased to welcome newly elected State Representative Jonathon Dever to the organization’s corporate headquarters on Friday, February 20th. President and CEO, Joe Byrum along with Marketing Specialist, Sharon Hannon, provided the Representative with an extensive tour of Goodwill’s programs and services for people with disabilities and our nation’s veterans. The tour began with an explanation of the agency’s accreditation through the Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and its standing as one of the top 3% of similar organizations nationally as a result of its fourth consecutive perfect survey outcome in 2013. The Representative then learned about Goodwill’s award-winning employment and training programs for the individuals it serves.
Of particular interest to the Representative was a visit to the Veteran’s dormitory which is able to house up to 24 individuals currently challenged with homelessness. Goodwill has offered the Veteran’s program for more than 20 years in the Greater Cincinnati community and provides services for more than 800 military men, women and their families annually. Representative Dever was pleased to meet with Bill Darnell, Veterans program Supervisor, and learn about the specifics of the Goodwill program and success in helping thousands of veterans to obtain permanent housing and jobs in the Greater Cincinnati area.
The Representative serves on a number of committees including the Community and Family Advancement committee. As a result, he was very interested to learn about Goodwill’s efforts to help people become employed, tax-paying members of the Greater Cincinnati community as well as the organization’s Supportive Services for Veterans Families program. “I am glad to hear about the many diverse programs that Goodwill offers to veterans and their families as well as people with disabilities,” said Representative Dever.
The newly elected legislator represents the 28th district and is currently serving his first term as State Representative. Ohio Valley Goodwill thanks the Representative for his visit and looks forward to working collaboratively in the future in helping people go to work in our community.