Israel Juarez: Winner of the 2016 Edgar J. Helms Award for Graduate Staff

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
May 6, 2016

Regional District Manager Israel Juarez at Goodwill BallardLast time Israel Juarez was on our blog, he was the manager of our Ballard location. Since then, he’s been promoted to regional district manager, overseeing our stores in the Snohomish County region. On May 3, he was announced as the winner of Goodwill Industries International’s 2016 Edgar J. Helms Award for Graduate Staff.

The award honors a current Goodwill employee who was once a Goodwill student, and exemplifies the mission of Goodwill Industries, and its founder Rev. Edgar J. Helms who was committed to unselfish service to people with disabilities or other disadvantaging conditions. Israel is an excellent example of just that.

After moving from Mexico to the United States as a 20-year old, Israel found it difficult to find and keep a job because he didn’t speak English. He went to a nearby Goodwill—part of the Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana organization—to participate in their English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) class. After a few months of putting in the hard work, his English skills and confidence began to improve. Eventually, he was hired by Goodwill Indy.

When he and his family moved to Seattle, he knew he wanted to continue working for a Goodwill organization—and was hired as a production supervisor at our Bellevue store. Over the years, he has worked his way through positions at various locations, and now oversees multiple stores as a regional district manager.

We’re proud of Israel’s accomplishments—and thankful to have him as part of our Seattle Goodwill team! Congratulations, Israel! 


Kim fancies herself a professional communicator. She has experience in writing, graphic design, and social media, and is always looking to expand her knowledge base into other fields of communication. She loves people, coffee & Seattle (including the rain).

Add a Comment | Comments (2)
Posted by Sarah Geralds | Thursday, May 26, 2016 @ 10:57 AM

Congratulations Israel! It's an honor working with you.

Posted by Elenita | Saturday, May 28, 2016 @ 11:46 AM

Congratulation!!!keep up your good work...God Bless!!!

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