Our mission is to assist people with disabilities and
other barriers to employment to live independently and become employed.
For 45+ years Goodwill of the Coastal Empire has served our community. The successes that inspire us as individuals and as an organization continue to grow. The ongoing dire economic climate has made it necessary for everyone to make careful choices on how to spend, save and give. Although the level of need in our community continues to rise during these difficult economic times of high unemployment the spirit of success triumphs. We deeply appreciate those who have chosen to continue to give their support. As our organization continues to grow, we remain focused on our mission to assist people with disabilities and other barriers to employment to live independently and become employed. The company started in 1965 with eight employees and a $60,000 budget in a time when there were few community organizations helping people with disabilities. Today, we have more than 600 employees and a budget of nearly $24 million. We expanded our services in recent years with the opening of six Job Connection Centers. These centers connect businesses and job seekers in local community, as well as the surrounding counties. The centers offers a wide array of services and classes.
In 2012, Goodwill provided services to 24,427 people and placed 1,406 people into employment through various programs offered throughout the region. Goodwill served more than 3,750 veterans in various programs; by providing classroom employability training, job search assistance, job placement for veterans, life skills and money management training, and referring veterans to housing programs.
From offering meaningful services for individuals with disabilities and their families to fostering a sense of community among these groups, Goodwill of the Coastal Empire makes a difference in the community it serves. It creates an inclusive community where people with disabilities can participate, give back, and become active members of our community. Goodwill of the Coastal Empire continues to provide high-quality, community-based employment services for individuals with disabilities and their families.
We thank you for your continued support of Goodwill.