SC Works Hartsville helps Army veteran start new career

WilliamsAfter two successful tours of duty in Korea and Ft. Stewart, Dehaven Williams decided to return to his home of Hartsville, South Carolina to seek employment.

He left the military with an inability to perform certain tasks that required standing for long periods of time. Mr. Williams was looking to turn the chapter on careers, and with these limitations in mind, he sought the assistance of his local Veterans staff located in the SC Works Hartsville center.

Mr. Williams explained to SC Works staff that he had developed a service related disability while serving in the military, but that he was determined to find gainful employment in the civilian workforce. Through veteran services and case management, Mr. Williams found employment at AO Smith in McBee, South Carolina, where he worked on the assembly line. Unfortunately, because this particular job required standing for long periods of time, it had the potential to make his disability worse.

With this in mind, the DVOP referred Mr. Williams to the hiring fair that was scheduled to take place at SC Works Hartsville. The event, sponsored by Palmetto Goodwill and coordinated by the LVER Keisha Bolden, proved to be the opportunity that he could take advantage of. Mr. Williams said that the Goodwill employers were impressed with his resume and character.

Within the first week of being interviewed, he received an offer from Goodwill for employment as a sales associate.

Mr. Williams says he is excited about his new position working in the receiving department and states that he hopes to soon obtain a management position.