Goodwill Fort Worth CEO Receives National Award
It was an exciting start to the week for Goodwill Fort Worth as our president & CEO, David Cox, was honored by Goodwill Industries International (GII) for the development of Goodwill Works, an employment initiative targeting clients experiencing homelessness or impending homelessness.
David received the Robert E. and Charlotte Watkins Award for Mission Advancement, honoring a Goodwill leader (CEO, staff or volunteer) who has made an innovative contribution (service or process) to the advancement of the Goodwill mission at the annual delegate Assembly in Louisville, Ky. on June 26.
Since its inception in July 2016, the Goodwill Woks program has served more than 1,334 individuals and put 423 people to work in meaningful employment. Goodwill Works gives individuals with barriers to employment experiencing homelessness and unemployment a “hand up, not a hand out.” Goodwill Works provides services like resume and cover letter writing, job search, interview skills and attire, and connections to employers. It also provides funding for emergency services that prevent employment, like transportation, through the agency’s five Job Resource Centers in Fort Worth, Arlington, Hurst, Weatherford and Denton.
In addition, Goodwill Fort Worth utilizes a mobile recruitment/job placement unit that travels to and serves those individuals isolated from public transportation. Employment specialists work in the field through partnerships with organizations such as Presbyterian Night Shelter, Union Gospel Mission and the Arlington Life Shelter to eliminate the barriers to employment this population may face and move individuals off of public benefits.
Goodwill Works staff provides holistic services including recruitment, comprehensive initial assessments and connection to support services tailored to the participants’ specific needs. These services include complete case management from intake through sustained employment, occupational and employment readiness training, job placement, computer skills, life-skills and financial literacy training and access to support services such as rapid connections to housing, counseling, re-entry programs, child care and transportation. Goodwill Fort Worth was awarded $895,990 by the Texas Workforce Commission to provide these services.
Congrats, David, and thank you for your continued leadership to Goodwill Fort Worth!