My name is Jungsoo Jung and I am from the Goodwill Processing Center in South Korea. At my previous job, I worked with clothes but at the Processing Center, I go out on the road, too. I take care of loose seams, steam clothes, tag clothes and sometimes even deliver them.
Compared to working at Goodwill now, working at my previous place of employment was very frustrating. This is because there were not as many people with disabilities there. There was a fellow co-worker who both worked and went to school with me and he made my life very difficult.
Carlos Hellmund is a successful Venezuelan Executive and the vice president of the board of directors of Goodwill Venezuela. He is also the current chairman of the board and former CEO of C. Hellmund & Ca S.A. (Exclusive Distribution of Fuji Photo Film) and has received many honors, including the prestigious “The Order of the Rising Sun”, which was conferred by the Emperor of Japan in 2006. In 2007, he was named Businessman of the Year by the Caracas Chamber of Industry and Commerce and in 2008 received the Distinguished Service Award given by PMA International.
When the Venezuelan National Assembly passed a new law in 2006 requiring that people with disabilities hold at least five percent of jobs in Venezuelan companies, businesses had three years to become compliant. During this time, many companies looked to Goodwill Venezuela in search of qualified and trained employees, including Panasonic Venezuela. Zeleuxis Chauran, Director of Human Resources for Panasonic Venezuela turned to Goodwill to fill two job openings for persons with disabilities. “I was worried about how we would treat them” she said “but from the conversations we had with Goodwill we knew better how to treat them, like normal people, treat them in a normal way as a normal employee, with some specific adjustments and guidance from Goodwill.” She further commented “It has gone really well, if we would’ve treated them too carefully, they would’ve felt bad, but we have treated them as part of our group.”