Goodwill Fort Worth Celebrates 70 Years of Changing Lives Through The Power of Work

Since its founding on October 25, 1949, Goodwill Fort Worth has grown from its modest roots at 665 South Main with four employees to one of the largest nonprofit organizations in North Texas, employing nearly 1,000 and serving ten times that many each year. Nationally-recognized job training and placement programs continue to help countless thousands experience the “power of work” in transforming lives of dependence into lives of independence.

On Thursday, October 24, Goodwill Fort Worth hosted a 70th anniversary celebration of the organizations founding as the 100th Goodwill in the country. The anniversary celebration event featured remarks from local officials including Texas State Representative Nicole Collier; Texas State Senator Kelly Hancock; Tarrant County Precinct One Commissioner Roy Charles Brooks; Nick Stanley on behalf of U.S. Congresswoman Kay Granger; Anne Hagan on behalf of U.S. Congressman Marc Veasey; as well as current Goodwill Fort Worth President & CEO David Cox; and former (1988-2000) Goodwill Fort Worth President & CEO Bernard Kern.

In 2018 alone, Goodwill Fort Worth touched the lives of 10,372 individuals with disabilities or other barriers to employment through job training and placement services including those tailored for the homeless, the formerly incarcerated, veterans, at-risk youth and those with lack of education or work experience.

Goodwill is more than a thrift store. The largest employer of people with disabilities in the world, Goodwill believes that work has the power to transform lives by building self-confidence, independence, creativity, trust and friendships. Everyone deserves this chance.

Goodwill Fort Worth’s 25 retail locations provide revenue through the sale of donated goods to support Goodwill’s mission – job training and career services for people with disabilities, such as physical or mental disabilities and other barriers to employment including lack of education or work experience and homelessness. For more information on Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, please visit