Goodwill Industries Of North Louisiana, Inc.

Rating: 4.85 stars   20 reviews

Issues: Job Training, Human Services

Location: 800 W 70th St Shreveport LA 71106 USA

Mission: Founded in 1902 by Rev. Edgar Helms, Goodwill Industries'' primary mission is to place people in productive and competitive jobs.
Results: 2009 Statistics Served Total 2469 Some of which includes: At Risk Youth 709 Persons with Disabilities 1033 Ex-Offenders 976
Target demographics: Low income adults as well as youth in the North Louisiana area Between the ages of 12 and up.
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 2500 families served each year
Geographic areas served: 26 Parishes North Louisiana
Programs: Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana, Inc. provides job training and job placement services to persons with disabilities and other barriers to employment. We teach people to work and help people find jobs.
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 72-0460816
318 868 4701
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I have worked with Goodwill for several years now. They are a very professional organization. They are very dedicated to their misson. Goodwill is there when you need them, and has helped numerous individuals make a transition into the communituy.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Helping to organize the area reentry coilition meetings. Providing their services to offenders reentering society.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their willingness to do whatever they can do to help the people of their community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very dedicated, motivated, and professional.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

branch out into more services that are needed to help people make positive changes in their lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Goodwill Industries of Northwest Louisiana is a great organization that provides outstanding service and assistance to our community. They have helped so many people in need.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

times of crises during disaster relief. The staff is very professional and well prepared to handle emergency situations. I am very impressed with the professionalism and willingness of staff.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

I have worked as a grant writer for Goodwill of North Louisiana, and was impressed by their professionalism, positive attitude, their array of programs to help the unemployed, disabled, prisoners returning to society, and at-risk youth, and their collaboration with numerous other agencies in our community.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that Goodwill teaches people how to fish, it does not just hand them a fish.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

positive, forward-thinking, and looking for ways to expand and improve their programs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Goodwill Industries of North Louisian, Inc. has partnered with the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce numerous times, most notably in the areas of Workforce and Economic Development. Inasmuch as we both cover the same geographic areas, this is a critical alliance. We worked very closely with them in the "Making Work Work" project funded by a grant from the Hitachi Foundation. That agency is always in the forefront in planning and presenting job fairs for the region. Also, their involvement in creating jobs for the local communities is a huge asset.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Workforce Development

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Accessibility of all personnel, as needed.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Knowledgeable, concerned, disciplined, easy to work with

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help put N. Louisiana on a very strong footing economically through already established alliances and programs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I am the Homeless Services Director for Centerpoint Community Services in Shreveport, LA. Our agency works closely with Goodwill Industries, utilizing there job training services for our clients. The agency is also active with re-entry in our area and I work closely with the Manager of Workforce Dev on the Steering Committee for re-entry (monthly meetings). The services provided by Goodwill are vital to many of the agencies in our region. Goodwill is truly one of the great nonprofits.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their willingness to partner with other agencies in providing job training. They are also active in other areas that are presented by the clients they serve.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

My office the Bossier Parish Ttuancy Office under the D.A.'s Office has entered into a cooperatilve endevor with Goodwill, the Bossier Parish Schools, and the Judges of the 26th. This program is designed to reduce the drop out rate, which ils 40% in the state. The school system identilfies at risk students through their attendance, my office petiltions at risk students and their parents to juvenile court. AT court the juvenile is ordered to complete the Goodwill Program designed for work readiness training. It cost our state approximaly $2million in a lifetime for someone who drops out of high school. This program is is very important to our communityk and our state. It is a pleasure workilng with Julie Bass and her staff.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working with our cooperative program

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their willingness to assist us in fighting this drop out problem.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Julie Bass and Wes Colburt

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

great things for the people who need the assistance the most.

Ways to make it better...

I can't think of any thing.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

publicity and raising money

One thing I'd also say is that...

none

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-10-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

The management team of Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana serves as mentors to the nonprofit community in our area. They have taught the management team and Board of Directors for the Shreveport Regional Arts Council how to develop many of the new Policies for Board Governance; procedures for implementation; strategies for recording/reporting success and weaknesses; and guidelines for improvement. This is a stellar organization that serves its constituents and its fellow nonprofit organizations well. Additionally, when our organization suffered a devastating fire that completely destroyed our offices, the leadership of Goodwill Industries was "there" for us from Day 1. The staff brought tangible assistance and offered advice about getting back into business right away. With the leadership of John Rankin and Romney guy, we did not lose one day of community engagement.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Strengthening the Organizational structure, policies, liability protection, "transparency", and financial accountability of my organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ways to make it better...

The board and staff of Goodwill Industries could adopt me! In "older" days, there were Executive Exchanges where leaders with the skills possessed by John and Guy (and many others) were encouraged to provide up to 6 months of training to other nonprofit

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I have been fortunate to have been involved with Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana since I moved to Shrevport in February 1999. I have been involved professionally as a funding organization and personally through donations and as a customer in their stores. I have the utmost respect for Goodwill Industries as a whole and individully for the numerous staff members that I have dealt with one-on-one during the past 11 years. They are very passionate about the job they do. Their heart is in their work and they truly care about their staff and those they serve - no matter which program they may be working at the time. The staff is also involved outside their own Goodwill programs through community coalitions and organizations - they are a great community partner. They are always willing to reach out and help when I have contacted them for information or assistance with an event or program.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the lives of everyone in North Louisiana who will work with them and allow Goodwill staff to assist them in moving from poverty to self-sufficiency.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

As a funder we have found that many nonprofits have been unable to move beyond counting outputs to working towards creating outcomes and having a set of indicators to measure progress on those outcomes. Our Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana is "lightyears" head of most in this most important aspect. How can you create change if you don't AIM at where you focus your work? Goodwill has taken AIM!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

This is a humble staff with extraordinary skills. Management and staff all know their roles and how they effect the bigger picture. Their dedication is apparent in every aspect of programming. They've created measurable changes in our community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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