GOODWILL FORT WORTH TO OPEN 21ST AREA RETAIL STORE
Fort Worth, Texas (April 30, 2015) — Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, Inc. announced today that the organization will open its 21st area store, and fourth Job Resource Center, located at 901 W. Lamar Blvd. in Arlington on May 1.
The nonprofit will unveil the new retail store, donation station and job resource center at a grand opening celebration. The festivities will include a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 a.m., as well as free hot dogs, soda and popcorn, a live DJ and gift certificate giveaways every hour on the hour for shoppers. The 11,000 sq. ft. retail space has undergone considerable renovations of flooring, fixtures and repainting as well as a complete reconfiguration of space since the organization signed its lease in September.
The new job resource center will feature job search experts on staff Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and offer free computer and internet access. In addition, job search experts will provide job placement services including one-on-one career counseling and employer networking opportunities; job readiness skills training including resume writing, interviewing skills and job search techniques training; vocational assessments to help focus job search on the most suitable and in-demand occupations; needs assessments and appropriate referrals for mental health, housing and more – all at no cost.
“Every retail store that Goodwill opens means more revenue to support our job training and placement programs for individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment,” said David Cox, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth. “93 cents of every dollar of profit is dedicated to our mission and we are excited to add these services to the North Arlington community.”
The store opening is part of Goodwill’s expansion strategy to reach as many residents in Fort Worth, Arlington, Weatherford, Cleburne, Denton and surrounding areas as possible. Adding additional locations will increase Goodwill’s ability to expand their services to more individuals with disabilities and special needs. As people battle the effects of a struggling economy, and as the trend to continue to “go green” increases, Goodwill stores are seeing more shoppers than ever – creating a higher demand for more donations to be made. To contribute your items to a local Goodwill store, visit www.goodwillfortworth.org for a list of drop off locations.
About Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, Inc.
Goodwill is a non-profit leader in providing education, training and career services for people with disabilities, such as physical or mental disabilities, lack of education or work experience and homelessness. Goodwill is ranked 11th on the Forbes 20 Most Inspiring American Companies list, the only non-profit to be included. Last year, Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth helped place more than 40,000 people in jobs.
Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, Inc.’s, 20 retail locations provide not only affordable goods and services, but also jobs for those in need and revenue to support Goodwill’s charitable mission. Goodwill also provides Tarrant and the surrounding counties with job resource centers, equipped with job-search experts, computers, Internet access and telephones. Goodwill believes that work has the power to transform lives by building self-confidence, independence, creativity, trust and friendships. Everyone deserves this chance. For more information on Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, please visit www.goodwillfortworth.org.