New Goodwill 99 Store Opens and Goodwill Community Resource Center Expands
Helping Economically Challenged Community Survive and Thrive
By: Goodwill Industries of SWFL
The new Goodwill $0.99 Store offers shoppers an entire inventory of merchandise for only $0.99 per item (excluding low-cost furniture and new mattresses that the community continues to desire). From clothing and linens to housewares and small appliances, the beautifully merchandised store is set up exactly like other Goodwill retail locations in Southwest Florida, just with a lower price point to help families get what they need.
"We are excited to be able to offer a low-cost shopping options for struggling families," explains John Nadeau, Goodwill SWFL President & CEO. "Our mission is to provide supports and services to help people with disabilities and disadvantages overcome barriers. This store expands what we can do for this community, not only through our Community Resource Center, but now also through our retail site."
Goodwill is also expanding support services offered at the onsite CRC and has redesigned the center with a fresher, more modern atmosphere. Since the pandemic, Goodwill's CRC coordinators have been busy helping with unemployment applications, SNAP, Lee CARES applications and career services, including resume writing, online job search, and digital learning – all free of charge. In addition to the Northstar Digital Literacy Skills Certificate program, they have added a vocational training platform that offers online training in a dozen fields of study that prepare learners for national certifications.
"Our priority, through these expanded program offerings, is to provide people with the skill sets and tools needed to be competitive and successful in the workplace," says Fred Richards, Vice President of Community Support Services for Goodwill SWFL. "We want to address the Digital Divide. The negative implications of not having access to computers and digital skills training will affect a family's personal and financial capacity."
Last year, 7,569 unduplicated individuals received services at SWFL CRC and Job-Link Centers. These centers provided a variety of services to help individuals and families overcome barriers to self-sufficiency. The goal of these centers is to build proficiencies for the individuals served - from financial and digital literacy to employability and up-skilling. For more information, visit http://www.GoodwillSWFL.org
Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida