LOPCO President Offers Sound Employment Advice for Goodwill Industries’ Clients

PROVIDENCE, RI - Tom Lopatosky, President of LOPCO Contracting, regularly volunteers his time to help prepare people to enter or re-enter the workplace.  He recently spoke before clients of Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island as part of the organization’s Employment Services Guest Speaker Program.

“Our mission is to train, educate and prepare people with disabilities or barriers to employment as they seek to find their rightful place in the work force,” said Denise Doktor, Employment Services Coordinator for Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island. “We are so fortunate to have people like Tom come forward to offer their time and talent.”

Last year, seventy-seven percent of Goodwill clients referred for placement obtained a job.

Lopatosky has been painting residences in Rhode Island and Southern New England for the past twenty years. He started the business after noticing a demand for painting contractors who could offer professional services with high customer satisfaction in their overall painting experience.

“It was great to have an actual employer come in and let us know the process for hiring someone. Now, I understand what the employer is looking for, and that follow-through is very important in the application process,” said one young man of Goodwill Industries’ Youth Center.

Celebrating its 150th year last November, Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island is the oldest continuing rehabilitation facility in the country. Started in 1863 as The Irrepressible Society by a group of women concerned about the plight of returning civil war veterans, the organization is committed to providing training and employment opportunities to increase quality of life and dignity.