Mission: The organization helps build lives, families, and communities by assisting people with disabilities and other special needs reach their highest potential through training, education, and employment services.
Programs: Goodwill's mission is primarily supported by revenue from the collection and sale of donated goods in our 39 locations across the state. Over half of our locations have onsite career coaches to assist anyone with finding their next great job. Goodwill has helped thousands of people with disabilities and disadvantages secure part-time or full-time employment with earnings that meet or exceed minimum wage. Our average wage for people placed in jobs is $9. 50, but our salaries for persons placed in jobs range from $7. 50 per hour to $80,000 annually. Goodwill is a carf accredited organization, and the first service program, designed to serve individuals with the most significant disabilities was also the first to receive carf national certification. Our organization supports over 14 different programs across the state of arkansas. These programs range from youth and family services to reentry and support services for job seekers, and have changed the lives of thousands of arkansans each year.
in 2015, goodwill served 17,245 people and placed 4,751 people in employment. This represents a 40% increase in persons served over 2014 and a 72% increase in people placed in jobs over the prior year. The amount of services provided statewide was over 145k, an average of 8 direct and supportive services per person. Our specialty programs from persons with disabilities continue to have great success with job placement and retention rates above 90%, and our transitional employment program has a 92% success rate. Our new programs include youth and family services, free financial coaching, and a trade school entitled, the academy at goodwill, with 10 courses leading to a certification or credential. -the work activity program provides individuals more time for job experience activities and training and support from on-the-job coaches once they are employed. These coaches work one-on-one with the individual and slowly decrease their support as the individual becomes more independent and capable of handling all of the job duties successfully, without assistance or monitoring. The work activity program provides social activities to enhance quality of life for those persons with significant disabilities and to continually provide opportunities for community integration, for individuals beyond traditional working age. -the horizon's program was created as goodwill realized a community need to serve young adults with autism spectrum disorder. This new job training program allows individuals to identify their strengths, learn new skills, and prepare to find a productive niche in the workforce, in their communities. Goodwill carves out occupational pathways, empowers individuals, and gives young adults and their families the opportunity to enjoy full and productive lives.
goodwill's transitional employment opportunity (teo) program offers job readiness training and job placement services for people after incarceration to help them find work, launch careers, and rebuild lives. Through the teo program, goodwill offers an environment that supports individuals who are at least 18 years old with non-violent and non-sexual criminal offenses who want to reintegrate into the community and make positive contributions.
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I always thought of Goodwill as a place to shop and find good deals. I must admit that I wondered where the money went. When a friend needed help finding a new job, we learned about what great services Goodwill offers to help people find jobs. The staff was personable and very helpful. They helped with everything from getting her resume together, getting job leads, and inviting her to their job fairs. Best of all, it was all free! Later when I needed help finding resources for a young man with disabilities, their staff helped me get connected to community resources. I could go on and on about all of these things they do that I learned about but the website does a good job and offers free online classes too!