Letters to the editor

Land of Lincoln Goodwill has been providing people with the skills and resources to become self-sufficient since 1938. It is our mission to help those in need with a hand-up through training, education and employment opportunities.

Recent news coverage has included information on two events at Goodwill, which I would like to address as a means of providing clarity and helping our organization move forward.

First, Goodwill made the decision to realign our vocational rehab program on July 1, 2019. That decision led to some service participants in our program transitioning out of their paid positions into an unpaid skills building vocational program. Upon review and reflection, Goodwill rescinded that initial decision on July 17. All affected service participants were returned to their paid positions on July 22 and all received back pay dating back to July 1. During the week of July 22, we made personal phone calls to the parents and guardians of our service participants, apologizing for the program change.

Second, Ron Culves assumed the role of interim president and CEO of LLGI, replacing Sharon Durbin, who resigned as president and CEO on July 18.

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Shannon Jones, Springfield

The writer is board chairperson,

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