Goodwill Industries of Kentucky dates back to 1923 when it was established by Rev. John L. Fort, a minister with Temple Methodist Church in Louisville. The mission of the organization is to help adults with disabilities or other disadvantages achieve and maintain employment to gain a better quality of life.
Governed by a 15-member Board of Directors, Goodwill serves 103 of Kentucky’s 120 counties. Administratively, Goodwill’s administrative office is located in Louisville with regional operations divided between east (headquartered in Lexington) and west (headquartered in Louisville). Each region administers employment and training programs through the operation of stores where donated goods are sold. Through these stores, adults receive training in retail, cash handling, and management while earning a paycheck. Goodwill’s regional areas also feature workforce training and counseling departments providing employment counseling services to individuals deemed by many in society as unemployable. These clients receive assistance from trained, experienced specialists who focus on setting achievable goals and supporting the individual in their employment search process. Workforce development services include vocational evaluations, simulated work activities, job placement assistance, and individually customized work plans.
Goodwill wants to provide employment training and placement services to all adults wanting to work. In addition to helping adults prepare for and find employment, Goodwill's programs are designed to help adults maintain employment. To this end, Goodwill considers a successful job placement as someone who attains and maintains employment for at least 90 days.
Since 2007, Goodwill has administed the Power of Work program to adults receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Participants complete a 21-day intensive job readiness course and 60 hours of active job search and placement assistance. A graduation ceremony is held for those who fulfill all the course requirements, and for many, it is the only graduation they’ve ever experienced. In just over three years, the program has served more than 7,960 people and placed more than 1,100 individuals into jobs. The year prior to Goodwill taking over the program, 53 individuals were placed into employment.
The community employment program helps people achieve their goals through employment at a Goodwill location. While this program is a small part of the overall workforce counseling program, it does provide important opportunities for individuals who cannot be placed elsewhere. Through this program, people with disabilities or other disadvantages striving to maintain long-term employment are provided on-the-job training skills such as cash handling and retail management. Those entering the program are paired with a community employment specialist to outline a career development plan that includes work, personal, and leisure goals. Together, the employee and community employment specialist determine how the employee can improve their skills and abilities in the workplace and discuss any issues or behaviors that affect job performance and the achievement of the employee’s goals. As part of this program, on-the-job coaching and counseling are available.
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