Building structures, building relationships, building community. All are a core focus for John and Chris Hayduk, longtime Seattle Goodwill supporters.
John is president of JTM Construction. Away from work, the Hayduks enjoy gardening and cultivating stronger communities.
“I always enjoy stepping into the Goodwill building. It has a wonderful spirit that’s contagious,” Chris said.
The couple felt similar joy when some of John’s projects opened: Benayora Hall, Frye Art Museum, LeMay-America’s Car Museum and the Museum of Glass.
“Building a building with a purpose is as good as it gets,” John said.
Seattle Goodwill’s purpose and programs have inspired the Hayduks to build deep connections with the organization. John has served on the board for 17 years. Chris is already looking forward to the Glitter Gala fundraising event next fall.
At every opportunity they eagerly tell people that Goodwill is much more than a clothing store. For example, last year Goodwill served over 8,700 students with free job training and education.
“The leaders and staff are inspiring,” John said. “They could make more money in the private sector, but they choose to stay here. They do a tremendous job.”
John’s job at Baugh Construction was the Hayduks’ first encounter with Seattle Goodwill. He was building project manager for the Everett Goodwill center. Bob Baugh later recruited John to fill his spot on the Seattle Goodwill board.
Chris admires everything Goodwill strives to do for people, and she is particularly taken with the Green Corps. In partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, Green Corps provides work experience, college exposure and future planning assistance to young adults.
“Many young people feel lost or don’t fit the status quo of our society: go to school to get a job. Giving them another avenue for success is a great idea,” Chris said.
The Green Corps creates a more beautiful community and give the participants a sense of pride and belonging.
“Your heart swells when you think of the people Goodwill helps,” Chris said. “We’re happy we can be part of Goodwill for the rest of our lives.”
Sometimes obstacles keep us from reaching our goals. It’s part of our mission at Goodwill to help remove barriers that keep people from finding economic opportunity.
Think how hard it would be to get to work on time if you had to travel 20 minutes out of your way to drop off your child at affordable day care. Or, imagine trying to find a job if you didn’t finish high school.
When we help remove barriers like these, our students’ opportunities grow. With better, more stable jobs, people can provide for their families and have the time to focus on career goals that will change their lives.
This year The Goodwill Ambassador’s theme is overcoming barriers. We’ll introduce you to programs designed to resolve barriers to employment such as low English language skills, unstable housing, lack of transportation and low computer literacy.
Marie Beatrice Jean Paul is an example. In this issue you’ll learn how Marie enrolled in Seattle Goodwill’s English for Speakers of Other Languages classes. She never missed a class, thanks in part to the bus pass Goodwill provided. Potential barrier erased.
After Marie finished Goodwill’s language program, staff helped her enroll in a Highline College class to continue toward her goal of English proficiency. “We can’t do much of anything without English. I want to keep learning as much as I can,” she said.
Every day we provide tools and training to help people remove barriers to economic opportunity. For some that means job training. For others it’s finding affordable health care. With your support we have many success stories to celebrate, one less barrier at a time.
Daryl J. Campbell, President & CEO
Quietly helping students in a Hazel Valley Elementary classroom in Burien, Marie Jean Paul feels at home.
She had been a teacher in her native Haiti and now works as a paraeducator with help from Seattle Goodwill.
Marie became a student herself when she arrived in the Northwest with her two children and enrolled in Seattle Goodwill’s English for Speakers of Other Languages classes. Class was four days a week for eight weeks at the Seattle Goodwill job training center. Marie had perfect attendance — in part because of the bus pass Goodwill provided.
“It was really important for me to get to English class, and the bus ticket really helped,” Marie said. “I don’t know where I’d be without Goodwill to help me.”
She graduated from the Goodwill language program and continues to improve her fluency by taking an English class at Highline College for four hours every Saturday.
“We can’t do much of anything without English. I want to keep learning as much as I can,” she said.
Though Marie speaks French and Haitian Creole, at home she practices English and gets tips from her two children. She proudly talks about their accomplishments — her son will graduate from Garfield High School in May, and her daughter is a getting all A’s at Washington Middle School.
Gia Ledesma, Marie’s case manager, helped Marie enroll her son in Seattle Goodwill’s youth program. Gia also guided the kids’ health care enrollment, and she and employment specialist Jim Blackburn helped Marie reach her goal of working in the education field.
Marie earned a psychology degree from the State University of Haiti. Her 20-year career included teaching French for 7-9th graders and social studies for 9-12th grade students.
“I really wanted to get a teaching-related job here, and I’m glad Goodwill was able to help me,” Marie said.
She is working toward a teaching certificate in Washington state and would someday like to become a school psychologist. “I’m good at talking with students of all ages.”
She also is comfortable with public speaking. In Haiti she was a leader in the women’s program at her church and spoke at conferences. Here she likes public speaking opportunities because they gives her more practice speaking English. Last year she was a speaker at a Seattle Goodwill graduation ceremony.
“Pronunciation can be tricky, but you just have to practice,” Marie said. It’s the advice she would offer to those in Goodwill’s English classes.
“You have to persevere. Do your homework, go to class every day, don’t be shy and just start talking,” she said.
Gia Ledesma is a case manager working with students in Seattle Goodwill’s adult basic education program.
“I try to respectfully learn as much as possible about each student, to see what they need and how our other services can help,” Gia said.
Goodwill’s “wrap-around services” provide a range of support and information, especially to those who are new to this country. Some want to know how to get eyeglasses or how to get their kids to school. Others need tips on finding child care or figuring out immigration paperwork. Gia and her colleagues have the answers.
“We’re working hard to amplify our partnerships, to find more resources for our students,” Gia said. “And when we refer a student, we try to give them contact information for a specific person who can help. They have a much better experience that way.”
Marie Jean Paul’s experience with Goodwill is representative of students Gia works with. Enrolling in English for Speakers of Other Languages class was Marie’s first contact with Goodwill. Gia later answered Marie’s questions about getting health care for her kids, and helped enroll Marie’s son in Goodwill’s year-round youth program.
Students are successful because of the active collaboration among the Goodwill team.
“Our team approach allows us to rally around students. If they are close to a milestone, we work together to see how we can help them move forward,” Gia said.
She works closely with Goodwill employment specialists, for example, to help students find job opportunities. Through their coordinated efforts, Gia and employment specialist Jim Blackburn were able to help Marie fulfill her wish to work in education.
Goodwill staff also support students’ efforts to overcome language barriers. For example, speaking Spanish with someone might be easier, but Gia said she keeps the conversation in English to give the student more practice.
Adult education has been Gia’s career focus for about 10 years. Before coming to Seattle Goodwill she worked with an English-learning program in the Skagit Valley.
“I have an awesome job here, working with people from all over the world,” she said.