Mission: Goodwill provides education, career development and employment opportunities to help Coloradans in need achieve self-sufficiency, dignity, and hope through the Power of Work.
Target demographics: Coloradans in need of career development
Geographic areas served: Denver metro and northern Colorado
Programs: (1)Goodwill Youth Services provides programs for the more than 15,000 teens in 33 schools. Seniors participating in the School To Work program have a 93% high school graduation rate. (2)Thousands of adults receive job readiness and training skills that help them move off welfare and up the wage and career ladder. (3)Our Community Employment Programs employs and trains disabled individuals. (4)Retail Operations collects, processes and sells quality used goods in 29 extremely popular retail stores.
Over the last year, the prices have soared. This negatively impacts the "good" for the struggling folks who are trying to survive these economically challenging times. A recent blue card discount program rolled out with much confusion; I suppose the intent was that the quadrupling of prices in some cases might be overlooked by the 20% discount when spending over $25. The cashiers were not aware of the details. After one week and many explanations about how the program works, today I was told at the register that the senior discount was reduced on Mondays due to an email that was sent; this caused greater confusion and frustration for me as a patron. Is the mission to help our community? Then go back to charging reasonable prices. The hardest hit in this economy is the middle class and the elderly. We actually rely on being able to find what we need from the thrift stores.