Established in 1933, Goodwill Industries of Sacramento Valley and Northern Nevada serves their territory with a network of 41 retail stores generating profits to fund their mission of helping people with disadvantages achieve self sufficiency. Approximately 2,000 employees and volunteers are instrumental in carrying out that mission.
Goodwill provides several services and workforce development programs, including:
- Good U, a workforce training program in which students can complete coursework in a variety of disciplines such as retail customer service, maintenance tech, administrative office skills and CompTIA
- Vocational services including assessments, work adjustments, work experience and work activity training
- Paid work experience
Additionally, Goodwill Sacramento supports a family of nonprofits providing a holistic response to some of society’s biggest challenges, including the homeless crisis. These nonprofit partners include Next Move Homeless Services, Wind Youth Services and Community Link.
“Our services benefit the entire community by helping people overcome barriers, including barriers to employment and homelessness,” says President and CEO Ken Gosney. “To help conquer these challenges, our workforce development programs offer training, education, work experience and employment assistance. The various nonprofits assist families and individuals to achieve independent, sustainable, self-determined housing solutions through emergency housing, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing and a plethora of supportive services.”
“Our services benefit the entire community by helping people overcome barriers, including barriers to employment and homelessness.” — Ken Gosney President and CEO
Goodwill Industries is grateful for the community’s continued generous donations, which are the lifeblood of their service model. Those donations help tens of thousands of local community members receive free services as well as employ approximately 2,000 local people.
Last year, Goodwill Workforce Development provided 10,849 services; Next Move Homeless Services provided 577,584 services; Wind Youth Services provided 24,488 services; and Community Link/211 provided more than 3,000,000 services.
Gosney concludes, “We hope to continue to grow the number of people served within our local communities. With the community’s help, we can continue to change lives for the better.”