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Goodwill, Salvation Army team up for career center in Phoenix

The computer workstations at Goodwill's career services center inside a Salvation Army location in Phoenix are shown. (KTAR photo/Bob McClay)

PHOENIX -- For the first time ever in the U.S., Goodwill and the Salvation Army are teaming up on a project.

And they're are doing so right here in Phoenix.

The two charities have teamed up for a new place where the unemployed can look for a job in downtown Phoenix.

"The Salvation Army is providing the place for Goodwill to come in and find people jobs," said Salvation Army Major John Brackenbury.

Goodwill has opened a new career services center inside the Salvation Army's Warren Ledbetter Service Center at 27th and Washington streets.

Brackenbury said that it's the perfect spot for such a resource.

"Our family shelter is directly across the street," said Brackenbury. "We're right off of the light rail, so men and women who are in this community can come in, and we're close by several other agencies that are in this community and can come and take advantage of this."

The center features 11 computer workstations where people can search for a job. It also will have Goodwill staff members who can help job seekers with their resumes and their interviewing skills.

This is Goodwill's 20th career center in the Phoenix area, but it is the only one that involves the Salvation Army.

Goodwill Central Arizona CEO Jim Teter said thousands of people used Goodwill's career centers to look for work last year.

"The really good news is that 23,500 of them actually got jobs in the community after they received services from Goodwill," said Teter. "The economic impact for Arizona was over $790 million."

This new career center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

About the Author

Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I live in north Phoenix with my wife Rene' and my son Devin.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: My Dad took me to see Jimmy Dean at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in the 1960's. It was before the Coliseum was built. The only thing I remember is Jimmy Dean singing his big hit "Big Bad John."

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Shiloh Community Church in Phoenix. Devin is a high school student at Scottsdale Christian Academy. He plays on the baseball, football, and basketball teams and sings in the choir. Obviously, we keep busy trying to go to all his events! We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and long road trips. We like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.


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