Keri Russell - Director of Kauai County Operations at Goodwill Industries of Hawaii
Meet Keri Russell – she began employment with Goodwill Industries of Hawaii in June of 2005 with the SEE Hawaii Work Program and currently oversees six programs that services the low-income and non-citizen population in Kauai County. Read the rest of her bio in the Writers Block section. Here’s Keri’s blog contribution:
It can be extremely challenging to find employment, especially for the immigrant population due to language barriers. In July, 2011 Goodwill established a new immigrant program on Kauai which is a free service that helps low-income individuals to develop the right skills and training to find and secure employment and acquire the tools and assistance to become self-sufficient. Participants work closely with a multi-lingual Employment Counselor in individual or group classroom settings which cover topics that include resume writing, interviewing skills, job search strategies, and employment stability.
Follow-up and support services are provided for one year following the hire date. Employment Counselors provide community referrals for resources and emergency services for food, bus passes, work attire, affordable housing, and utilities assistance. We are excited to offer this new employment program on Kauai!!
Joann Lojan and family
Nowadays, Joann Lojan is very happy that she finally has a job that she really enjoys which provides support for their family of seven. Joann migrated to Kauai from the Marshall Islands in April, 2003. She was able to work a few jobs in previous years; however, she was unable to maintain them due to the language barriers and the fact that she was shy and could not speak up for herself. Joann came to the Imi Loa Program because she needed assistance to boost her confidence and interviewing skills. After completing her Individualized Program Plan and Pre-Employment Training, Joann said she had learned about the employment process and how important it is to secure a job.
Resumes, cover letters, personal portfolios, and professionalism are all topics which were covered. Joann was more confident and prepared for her interview with the Parrish Collection, in which she secured a full-time housekeeping position. She appreciates the staff, program and what they do to help people get jobs. Joann said the program staff has given her skills and abilities in the employment process and mostly, motivation and confidence. With all her kids attending school and not worrying about finances, she is happy and has successfully built her self-esteem and confidence, because she has gained the skills to help support her family.
Aloha! Yokwe! Ran Annim! Lenwo! Konichiwa!My name is Jeffery Jim Jacklick, I usually go by Jeff. I am Kosraean and Marshallese.
In 1998, right after graduating from high school, I joined the U.S. Military. I reminisced about my time in the U.S. Military as a great adventure and a swift learning experience. In 2002, I finally realized that I would not be able to make a career in the Military. I decided to go back to school to pursue education. I attended College of the Marshall Islands during the summer 2003 to spring 2005. In 2005, I moved to Hawaii to attend the University of Hawaii at Hilo.
As a psychology major, spending time with Marshallese families helped me to discover ways to help the Marshallese Community. I have always wanted to be a counselor. In 2008, I moved to Kauai where I found the smallest Micronesian (Marshallese) population in Hawaii. Working my way up the ladder, I became the President for the Marshallese Community here on the beautiful Garden Island of Kauai. I am a young leader, and a representative for the Marshallese community. In November, I joined Goodwill Industries of Hawaii team in a position where I am able to help a lot of people, especially the Marshallese population.
As a Job Readiness Trainer and an Employment Counselor, I assist clients in obtaining employment and to become self-sufficient. I am very happy in this position, as I am able to help members within the community.
I have been given talents, abilities, and strength of mind to help others.
~Jeff Jacklick, Job Readiness Trainer/Employment Counselor
*Goodwill’s mission is helping people with employment barriers to reach their full poential and become self sufficient. To learn more about Goodwill’s Imi Loa and other programs, go to www.higoodwill.org. There are many ways that you can get involved, shop, donate, volunteeer, refer a friend, and subscribe to our e-newsletter, facebook, twitter and this Goodwill Hunter blog.