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Goodwill of Great Plains honors people who beat major obstacles

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Building independence, helping people overcome barriers, and providing work opportunities are just a few of the goals of Goodwill of the Great Plains.

Thursday, the organization recognized several people that have accomplished great things with some guidance from Goodwill.

Joe Onnen was a homeless veteran, but with Goodwill's "Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program," he got back on his feet.

Today, he received an "achievement award" from the organization.

Goodwill said Onnen is just one example out of more than 5,000 people that have made a positive change in their life with their help.

"We like to celebrate success and there's a lot of success stories to be told. And, unfortunately there's just a short time we're able to do that, but we picked the ones we thought really deserved the recognition, and so that's why we're here is to honor them," Goodwill of the Great Plains President John Hantla said.

Eraldo Calderon was also an award recipient.

He's an 18-year-old senior at West High who's faced tragedy, but overcame.

"My father was locked up for narcotics, I believe. I don't really know about the whole situation, and then when I was nine years of age, my mother was murdered," Calderon.

Calderon said the lessons he learned from the GoodGuides mentoring program at Goodwill will stay with him the rest of his life. He's looking forward to the future and has joined the National Guard.

Our very own Matt Breen emceed the event.

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