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Goodwill’s Train to Gain Program

August 31st, 2020 by Goodwill

Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County Launches
New Adult Training Program for Re-Entry Community
Announces Staff Additions, Promotion to Support Mission Work

Wilmington, DE – August 31, 2020 – Leading regional workforce development provider, Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County has launched a new adult training program, Train to Gain, specifically for adults who are experiencing barriers to self-sufficiency due to a criminal background. In industry terms, this population is often referred to as the ‘re-entry community’.

The Train to Gain Program is administered in partnership with the Delaware Workforce Development Board and the Delaware Department of Labor, and provides paid work experience to individuals returning from incarceration, while they participate in job readiness training to support their successful transition to, and long-time retention in, the workplace. As with all Goodwill of Delaware mission services, program graduates are welcome to return to Goodwill at any time for support retaining or obtaining employment and marketable job skills.

“As we approach our 100-year anniversary (in 2021) of providing job and related services to underserved individuals across the state of Delaware, we’re excited to have been awarded this contract. Through this new Train to Gain program, we will connect one of the most vulnerable adult populations in our communities – one that’s been particularly hard-hit by the effects of COVID-19 – with soft skills and digital skills training, intensive case management, and paid work experience,” shared Goodwill of Delaware President & CEO, Colleen Morrone.

Ms. Morrone went on to say, “The addition of this program has allowed us to add two new team members and support the career advancement of another, in alignment with our mission.”

Under the leadership of Patricia Mengers, Director of Workforce Initiatives, the Goodwill of Delaware team welcomes:
• Veteran social services professional and seven year Goodwill of Delaware team member, Cheryl Casino, MSW, into the role of Program Manager, leading the development and implementation of the Train to Gain adult training program. In previous roles with Goodwill of

• Delaware, Cheryl successfully developed and led the Beyond Jobs and Employment Supports programs as a case manager where she provided services to qualifying individuals 18 years and older with barriers to employment, delivering positive outcomes for dozens of individuals and families throughout the state. She also oversaw Goodwill’s team member food pantry, which supplies food to more than 200 families each year.

• Kenan Hilyard as a Workforce Initiative Support Specialist implementing the new Train to Gain program alongside Cheryl Casino. As a 2020 graduate of the University of Delaware with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Kenan is currently studying for a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in clinical psychology, also at the University of Delaware. Prior to completing his undergraduate studies, Kenan interned with Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in New Castle, Delaware and spent summers tutoring children in the Chester Children’s Chorus Summer Learning Program.

• Shirlene Davis as Family Resource Coordinator for Goodwill’s Employment Supports Program, filling the role vacated by Ms. Casino. In this role Ms. Davis will provide intensive case management services to qualified individuals in New Castle County, DE, to help them obtain employment, manage their personal finances, and secure a stable living environment. Shirlene is a 2017 graduate of Wilmington University with a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in social work at Widener University, and aspires to become a licensed clinical social worker and mental healthcare provider.

Individuals who are interested in learning more about the Train to Gain program may call Kenan Hilyard at 302.504.3550, and for the Employment Supports program in New Castle County, call Shirlene Davis at 302.252.3214.

About Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County
For nearly 100 years, the mission of Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County has been to improve the quality of life for individuals with barriers to self-sufficiency through the Power of Work! This mission is supported by proceeds from donations to our retail and e-commerce operations, and revenue generated through our Industrial Services and Staffing Services divisions. In 2019 alone, through our Workforce Initiatives programs, Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County provided more than 19,300 services to individuals throughout the region. For information on our programs and services, including our stores and donation locations, visit our website: www.GoodwillDE.org.

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