Lindsey came to Goodwill through a partnership with the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, looking for help in her search for long-term meaningful employment.
Goodwill’s community supported employment program helps people with barriers find jobs with employers in the community. A job coach works with the individual on site to help the transition, gradually reducing the amount of time their help is needed.
Lindsey’s Goodwill job coach helped her get a job with Sodexo in the cafeteria at Gonzaga University. She has been working part-time at Gonzaga since 2010.
In 2012, Lindsey was ready for more challenge, so Goodwill turned to Papa Murphy’s, one of our community employment partners. Patrick McCabe owns two Papa Murphy’s restaurants in Spokane. In a recent interview, Patrick shared that the experience of hiring Goodwill participants has taught he and his team members a lot. Lindsey has become one of Patrick’s longest-term employees, and is a valuable member of her team. When a minor injury took Lindsey out of work for a few weeks, her manager says they really felt her absence, and were glad when she was able to come back to work.
Between her jobs at Papa Murphy’s and Sodexo, Lindsey typically works six days a week. Her co-workers and managers say she is a great member of the team. Her attention to detail helps them provide great service. She is reliable, friendly to customers, and always has a smile on her face.