Mission: Rappahannock goodwill industries is a non profit provider of employment training, job placement services and other critical community-based services for people with barriers to employment - particularly those with disabilities. Rgi strives to provide an array of quality vocational and educational services so that participants can work independently.
Programs: Goodwill industries creates employment and job-training opportunities for people who have significant disabilities or other barriers to employment by providing contract work for businesses; federal, state and local government; and other community partners. These commercial operations offer opportunities in a variety of work experience and training environments, including custodial services, laundry, packaging and assembly, and other support services.
goodwill provides education and career services, as well as job placement opportunities and post-employment support to individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment so that they can find and keep good jobs. Individuals can achieve greater levels of self-sufficiency and economic success through goodwill's workforce development services -such as employment training and education, work experience and employment retention services. Goodwill programs strengthen communities and families and promote independence and dignity for people who need it most.
rappahannock goodwill industries provides administrative support to retail stores operated as rappahannock goodwill stores, inc. The stores accept clothing and other household donated goods from the public and sells these donations in community based retail locations. Revenue from the sale of these goods goes directly toward supporting and growing critical community based programs and job placement services. The stores provide on the job training and other vocational services to people with disabilities, people with disadvantages and others having a hard time finding employment. A new moving and goods removal support service was added during 2013.
I was curious about the handicapped women and men I saw working in the Goodwill stores. They were preforming duties I had previously saw an employee of goodwill doing. There was a person overseeing the women working so I asked her what was going on. She said they actually worked for Goodwill and received a paycheck but they didn't get paid very much, she said maybe$3.50/hr because they were handicapped. Appalled, I called Goodwill and asked to speak to someone in Human Resources. The woman who I spoke to told me that was correct. She said that Goodwill has a contract with the US government that allowed them to pay these workers less money so they could still collect their social security disability payment! She wouldn't tell me the exact rate of pay. I just think it's deplorable that the handicapped people Goodwill claims to be helping, aren't making a decent wage. Why not pay them minimum wage and give them raises as they do their other employees. The women and men only come into the stores to work once a week for 3 hours. I doubt that paying them minimum wage for that amount of time would out then over in the allowable amount they can legally earn and still collect their disability check!