National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is recognized each October, marking the importance of ensuring all people have equal opportunity to contribute their skills and talents. At Goodwill, we recognize that every Associate adds crucial value to our organization.

Goodwill’s AbilityOne program provides individuals with differing abilities the opportunity to develop their work readiness skills through on-the-job training, education, and development. This program is designed to build confidence and expertise while preparing individuals for successful competitive employment.

That’s certainly been the case for Curley Evans, who is also part of the national Goodwill New Lives campaign, showing how your donations help change lives. He's one of several Associates here at Goodwill Southeast Georgia who shared their stories as part of this campaign. We're so proud of each of them. You can learn more about their stories here.

Curley began his journey by participating in Goodwill’s Work Adjustment Program.  He started the six-week custodial training program and transitioned into employment with Goodwill in April 2007.  He swiftly adapted to the rigors of custodial-related tasks while working with the mobile crews, cleaning commercial buildings and churches around the Savannah area. He is now a part of the cleaning crew at the U.S. Federal Building in Savannah.

Curley has optic atrophy in both eyes that leads to vision loss, but he never allows this to stop him from performing his job or lending a helping hand to others. His good nature and playful spirit are a welcome part of our local team.

Curley continues to succeed within his role and serve as a leader and role model at our contract sites.

The work of Curley and his team was recognized earlier this week by Savannah Mayor Van Johnson. The Mayor officially proclaimed October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month in Savannah, and thanked the Goodwill AbilityOne Associates for their work across 9 contract sites in the city.


He also reconfirmed Savannah’s commitment to supporting efforts like Goodwill Southeast Georgia’s AbilityOne program, to advance the important message that people with differing abilities add value and talent to our workplaces and communities.

Goodwill Southeast Georgia also operates AbilityOne contracts in Brunswick and Hinesville. Stay tuned for more stories from our Associates and how we are raising awareness in those communities this month.

Interested in learning more about the AbilityOne program?

Review the training program, accepted documentation, and apply today!

Ashlyn Flowers

Ashlyn Flowers

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