Founded in 1927, Goodwill Industries of Arkansas give underserved people in Arkansas the job training they need to achieve maximum independence. Goodwill is a hand up, not a hand out.
Program areas at Goodwill Industries of Arkansas
Goodwills mission is primarily supported by revenue from the sale of donated goods in our 34 locations across the state. Over one-half of our locations have onsite career coaches who help job seekers find their next great job. Goodwill has helped thousands of people with disabilities and disadvantages secure part-time or full-time employment with earnings that meet or exceed minimum wage. The average wage for people placed in jobs in FY 2019 is $11.25, but salaries for persons placed in jobs range from $8.50 to $50.00 per hour. Goodwill is a CARF-accredited organization designed to serve individuals with the most significant disabilities. Our organization supports several programs across the State of Arkansas that range from youth and family services to reentry and support services for job seekers and have changed the lives of thousands of Arkansans each year.
Goodwills Transitional Employment Opportunity (TEO) program offers job readiness training and job placement services for people after incarceration to help them find work, launch careers and rebuild lives. Through the TEO program, Goodwill offers an environment that supports individuals who are at least 18 years old with non-violent and non-sexual criminal offenses who want to reintegrate into the community and make positive contributions.
Goodwill served 18,635 people and placed 7,598 people in employment. Our intensive programs continue to have great success, especially regarding job placement and retention for programs for persons with disabilities (75%) and transitional employment (77%) success rate. Our programs include free financial coaching and a trade school entitled The Academy at Goodwill with industry-inspired courses leading to a certification or credential.