Employment Services

Employment Services

Opening Doors, Overcoming Barriers With Job Readiness and Job Search Skills

Community Resource Rooms

Goodwill Community Resource Rooms provide the tools and assistance you need to get back to work!

Our Resource Rooms provide computer access, classes, and assistance applying for work. Additionally, workshops are held to help you increase your skills!

Employers regularly hold hiring events in the Resource Rooms, so get ready today to find your next position.

Resource Rooms are located at:

  • Goodwill McHenry at 2006 Richmond Road, (815) 322-0015
  • Goodwill DeKalb at 1037 Annie Glidden South, (815) 748-7155

Check out our list of events.

Often, taking that next step on the career path can be the hardest, particularly for individuals with disabilities and other barriers. We’re here to help. Throughout the year, Goodwill offers a variety of programs.

Placement Services

Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois’ placement Program is designed to assist individuals with disabilities in developing the job skills needed to find and maintain employment in the community.  Participants meet with Goodwill Employment Specialists to develop job search and job readiness skills, as well as assistance finding and applying for employment.

To be eligible for the program:

To be eligible for Goodwill’s Placement Program, participants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. You must have a documented disability and an be willing to open DRS VR(Department of Rehabilitation Services, Vocational Rehabilitation) case file,
  2. You must 17 years of age or older to receive services in Goodwill’s Employment Placement program.
  3. You must have a willingness to work in the community and complete all program requirements.

A three year CARF Accreditation was awarded to Goodwill for this program in 2018 which is official recognition that the organization is guided by internationally recognized service standards and best practices.

Attire to Hire

Goodwill knows that interview and employment clothing can be costly. Our Attire to Hire program can help provide vouchers for clothing suitable for work.

To be eligible for this program, you must have a referral from an organization or case manager. Organizations or case managers can contact Goodwill to obtain the referral form for this program. Individuals may only receive one voucher.

Interested in More Information?

Complete Our Programs Contact Form

Use the button below to download/print our programs contact form.
Once completed send to programs@goodwill.org

You can also submit the form in person to any of our locations,
or you can call us at 815-965-3795 if you need more assistance.

It Works!

Miriam’s Story

Miriam came to the Goodwill Resource Room for assistance in finding employment. She had taken some time off work to take care of her child and was now ready to get back to work and was looking for resources to help her land a job.

Miriam’s primary language is Spanish and at times it is hard for her to understand English. Goodwill’s Resource Room Specialist was able to help Miriam create a resume and apply for jobs online. Miriam also attended many hiring events that took place in the Resource Room, including the Randstad hiring event.

The Randstad Site Manager was impressed with Miriam’s work ethic and hired her. She is working for the Target Distribution Center and so happy to be back to work using her skills and learning new ones.

Lenny’s Story

“Most of my work experience has been in manufacturing, but I was ready to look for a job where I could use my personality and customer service skills.

Goodwill helped me identify employment opportunities and taught me how to explain my qualifications to employers.

After working with my Goodwill Employment Specialist and practicing my interview skills, my confidence increased. I interviewed with and was hired at the Rockford Park District. I work as an Event Staff Member now and love my job. I get to help so many people enjoy the different events the Park District offers. It’s a great job for me and my outgoing personality.”