Goodwill Fort Worth Named Center of Excellence

Goodwill staff accept the Center of Excellence Award at GII Spring Conference.

Goodwill staff accepts the Center of Excellence Award at GII Spring Conference.

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (April 27, 2017) – Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, Inc. announced today that the organization was honored by Goodwill Industries International (GII) as a Center of Excellence at the nonprofit’s spring conference in Houston on April 25.

Goodwill Fort Worth received the award in honor of the organization’s Education + Employment = Success (E2) financial literacy coaching and training services program, and the GoodwillWorks homeless employment initiative. These programs demonstrate the investments Goodwill Fort Worth is making to advance career navigation, financial capability, and inclusion and equitable access for both people the agency serves and employs.

Goodwill Works, an employment initiative targeting clients experiencing homelessness or impending homelessness, provides services like resume and cover letter writing, job search, interview skills and attire, connections to employers and funding for emergency services that prevent employment such as transportation. In addition a mobile recruitment/job placement unit travels to and serves those individuals isolated from public transportation.

GoodwillWorks is innovative in that team member’s focus on the whole person and meet people where they are to support their aspirations,” said Joylin Kirk, senior director of mission services for Goodwill Industries International. “The mobile strategy that brings services to the most vulnerable populations in the Fort Worth territory is impressive.”

Education + Employment = Success (E2) is a program that serves dislocated, out-of-school youth ages 16-24 in need of both a GED and paid work experience. The program seeks to eliminate barriers to employment and education by providing GED preparation by a state-certified Fort Worth ISD teacher, paid work experience through the Work Experience Program, individualized mentoring, life skills and job readiness classes and connections to further education and employment opportunities.

About Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, Inc.

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 23 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 www.goodwillfortworth.org.

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