Goodwill Duluth Receives Re-Accreditation from CARF

Goodwill Industries Vocational Enterprises of Duluth, MN earned three year re-accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, (CARF) an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services. This re-accreditation for Goodwill Duluth is for the following services: Community Employment Services (employment supports and job development), Employment Planning Services (situational assessments), and Organizational Employment Services.

Goodwill’s Duluth’s mission is to provide employment and employment services to people with disabilities or other barriers to employment. In fiscal year 2014-2015 Goodwill Duluth served 295 people in the Northland through its programs.

GOODWILL INDUSTRIES OF DULUTH JOINS BROAD EFFORT TO OBSERVE NATIONAL DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT AWARENESS MONTH

Goodwill Duluth today announced its participation in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is “InclusionWorks.”

 

The history of National Disability Employment Awareness Month traces back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962, the word “physically” was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

 

“By fostering a culture that embraces individual differences, including disabilities, businesses profit by having a wider variety of tools to confront challenges,” said Jennifer Sheehy, deputy assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy. “Our nation’s most successful companies proudly make inclusion a core value. They know that inclusion works. It works for workers, it works for employers, it works for opportunity, and it works for innovation.”

 

Reflecting this year’s theme, throughout the month, Goodwill Duluth will be engaging in a variety of activities to further educate people on disability employment issues and its commitment to an inclusive work culture. These efforts include NDEAM awareness campaigns on social media and guided public tours of Goodwill’s 700 Garfield Ave. location in Duluth. Please contact Goodwill at 218-336-1568 to schedule a tour.

 

Goodwill Duluth is proud to be a part of this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month,” said Marcy Vogt Executive Director. “We want to spread the important message that we value the diverse perspectives, including those of individuals with disabilities.”

 

Employers and employees in all industries can learn more about how to participate in National Disability Employment Awareness Month and ways they can promote its messages — during October and throughout the year — by visiting www.dol.gov/ndeam.

Goodwill Industries of Duluth serves 15 cities and 29 counties throughout the greater Minnesota and Wisconsin area. Goodwill’s mission is to provide employment and employment services to people with disabilities or other barriers to employment. Last fiscal year, Goodwill Industries Duluth employed 295 individuals through its programs.

Journey to Employment: Shelby

Eight years ago, Shelby suffered a traumatic brain injury that would dramatically change her life. What followed was an extensive rehabilitation process to recover all of her basic life skills. In a major step towards reclaiming her life, Shelby got involved with Goodwill, where she was able to ease back into the world of working.

Shelby felt at home at Goodwill from the start.

“It seemed right I should be here,” she says.

Shelby currently works at Goodwill Duluth’s main facility, where she sorts blue jeans. The job has improved her awareness and made her feel stronger she says.

Her main goals moving forward are to keep working hard and possibly transition to community employment at a local business.

Goodwill Two Harbors Celebrates Grand Opening!

This past Saturday Goodwill Duluth celebrated the Grand Opening of our retail store and donation center in Two Harbors, MN. Community leaders and Goodwill representatives were on hand for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and welcomed shopping and donations from the community. There were also prize giveaways and food and refreshments for customers.

“The revenues generated from the sale of merchandise in Goodwill stores support the training and employment programs offered by Goodwill Industries” said Marge Bray Executive Director. “The donation center will create jobs and a convenient way for people to donate the things they no longer need, diverting those items from landfills.”

Goodwill relies on the support of the communities that it serves to donate gently used clothing and household goods to sell in its retail stores. Donations are accepted at retail stores during store hours throughout the Northland. Goodwill Industries of Duluth values its partnership with the Two Harbors community as it will help turn donations into jobs.

Goodwill Industries of Duluth serves 15 cities and 29 counties throughout the greater Minnesota and Wisconsin area. Goodwill’s mission is to provide employment and employment services to people with disabilities or other barriers to employment. Last fiscal year, Goodwill Industries Duluth employed 295 individuals through its programs.

Journey to Employment: Willie

Born with a muscle condition that has impaired his mobility since a child, Willie found it difficult as an adult to find an employer that would accommodate to his needs. It was through a day treatment program that Willie learned about the employment services Goodwill had to offer and he decided to reach out.

Willie’s first job at Goodwill was at Duluth’s main facility, working with textiles. Now, almost two decades later he holds a clerical support position at the Government Services Building in the downtown business district. He’s maintained this job for nearly 15 years and greatly enjoys his work.

“Goodwill has been very supportive over the years. I was afraid to go out and work, I wasn’t ready…They prepared me for where I’m at now”, he says with a tone of confidence.

When not at work, Willie is involved in the production of plays at his local church and crochets hats, mittens, and other various items. He is also active with fitness and can be found exercising at the local YMCA each morning before he goes into work.

“It’s important to keep active,” he says. I just like to do a little bit of everything.”