Low Unemployment Rate Still Has Some Left Out
Goodwill Southwest Florida Strengthens Services for those with Barriers
By: Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida
"For some, navigating through the social service system to access assistance can be overwhelming,"
The goal of the CRC is to help build independence through training and supports, and increase access to community resources for those who struggle with the application process. Services will be structured to address areas critical to a family's success such as employment, financial literacy, healthcare, food stamps, language barriers, childcare and more. Additionally, Goodwill has added digital training to their toolbox, offering free certificate courses and online workshops designed to improve employability.
"We are increasing access to digital training and certifications demonstrating digital competency,"
Every year, the number of jobs requiring digital skills increases. Up-skilling in digital literacy will be imperative for those who have already left the education system and want to maintain viable in the workforce. Soft skill training is another area that can improve employability. Additional certificate training and credentialing can lead to career advancement, which ultimately leads to wage gain. Limited income and absence of savings leaves a household vulnerable to unexpected expenses.
"They are working hard, but fall short of what they need to cover the basic costs of living consistently,"
In addition to community services, CRCs will also house veteran and employee services under their umbrellas. Initially, the rebranding will roll out in Glades and Hendry counties where there is a high need for available, centralized resources. With a focus on self-sufficiency and training, Goodwill SWFL is moving forward to address the needs of the community as the economy changes.