Our mission is to assist people with disabilities and other barriers
to employment to live independently and become employed.
For 50 years Goodwill of the Coastal Empire has served our community. During these difficult economic times, the level of need in our community continues to rise, yet at Goodwill the spirit of success triumphs. We deeply appreciate those who provide support.
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 850 employees and a budget of $27+ million. We expanded our services in recent years with the opening of nine 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 2014, Goodwill provided services to 9,885 people and placed 2,421 people into employment through various programs offered throughout the region. Goodwill served more than 320 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.