The U.S. Navy, Goodwill and NISH are partnered at Great Lakes through the Javits-Wagner-O’Day (JWOD) Program. This program provides good employment opportunities for people with disabilities to overcome barriers to employment through training so that they become independent and self-sustaining individuals who contribute to their communities. Goodwill provides trained professionals who work directly and closely with individuals with severe disabilities.
While a Navy base may not be a place where you would expect to find a Goodwill operation, Goodwill provides food service, laundry, administrative and logistic services to both Sailors and recruits at Naval Station Great Lakes. In fiscal 2008 more than 900 Goodwill employees with disabilities provided over 10.1 million meals in 13 galleys, issued 3 million uniform items and processed over 4.5 million pieces of mail for the Sailors and recruits. The 25-year relationship has been repeatedly recognized and honored by multiple organizations as a stellar example of a partnership at its best.