GreenWorks Learning Center Holds Ribbon Cutting & Open House

Ribbon Cutting

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (May 17, 2017) – Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, Inc. hosted a ribbon cutting and open house for GreenWorks Learning Center, a greenhouse located at Tarrant County Resource Connection.Goodwill received a $45,000 grant from the Hoblitzelle Foundation for

Goodwill received a $45,000 grant from the Hoblitzelle Foundation for construction of the greenhouse, which will be used for Goodwill’s S.T.A.R.S. program. S.T.A.R.S. is a unique day-habilitation program for adults with significant disabilities that recreates daily living scenarios to give participants a chance to learn real life skills to overcome their disadvantages and achieve maximum independence. At GreenWorks, they will participate in weekly horticulture therapy and lessons on growing plants. GreenWorks was developed in partnership with Resource Connection of Tarrant County, Tarrant County Master Gardener Association and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.The greenhouse will also be used for Goodwill’s Work Adjustment Training clients, where they will learn the skills necessary to work in a commercial greenhouse or for a landscaping company.

The greenhouse will also be used for Goodwill’s Work Adjustment Training clients, where they will learn the skills necessary to work in a commercial greenhouse or for a landscaping company.“Our ultimate vision is the construction of a restaurant which will serve vegetables grown in our own greenhouses, and in which Goodwill can provide job training in culinary arts and restaurant professions,” said Goodwill Fort Worth President & CEO David Cox.

“Our ultimate vision is the construction of a restaurant which will serve vegetables grown in our own greenhouses, and in which Goodwill can provide job training in culinary arts and restaurant professions,” said Goodwill Fort Worth President & CEO David Cox.

David Cox, president & CEO of Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth; Tarrant County Judge B. Glen Whitley;  Steve Chaney, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agent; Judi Ketchum, Retired Director of Resource Connection of Tarrant County; Jamie Willis, Director of Resource Connection of Tarrant County; and members of the Tarrant County Master Gardener Association were on-hand to celebrate the opening. 

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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