With regional roots back to 1933, Goodwill Industries of
Sacramento Valley and Northern Nevada today has
39 locations and nearly 2,000 employees across their
territory. This nonprofit employment social enterprise’s mission is to
help people with disadvantages achieve self-sufficiency.
Goodwill’s retail network generates revenue fueled by
to support their mission. “It’s important for the community to
understand that our mission goes beyond retail, encompassing
a broad spectrum of workforce development programs, housing
services and community resources that support the personal and
professional growth of some of the most vulnerable members in our
communities,” says President and CEO Ken Gosney.
Goodwill’s workforce development initiatives empower
to overcome challenges through education, skill-building and
employment support. Their programs prepare and place into
employment those with the greatest barriers to employment including
veterans, people experiencing homelessness, individuals with
disabilities, at-risk youth, the formerly incarcerated, and many more.
Goodwill’s holistic, person-centered model uses employment specialists for personalized sessions, assessing skills and guiding participants towards suitable careers through vocational services, workforce training and valuable work experiences. Goodwill’s commitment to a comprehensive approach ensures that each person receives tailored support on their path to meaningful employment.
“Our mission goes beyond retail, encompassing a broad spectrum of workforce development programs, housing services and community resources that support the personal and professional growth of some of the most vulnerable members in our communities.”
— Ken Gosney
President and CEO
Goodwill supports and collaborates with a network of nonprofit partners, including Next Move Homeless Services, Community Link/211 and Wind Youth Services. These affiliated nonprofits contribute to society by helping families and individuals secure sustainable, self-determined housing solutions, including emergency housing, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing and various supportive services.
In 2022, Goodwill’s workforce development served 10,849
individuals, Next Move provided 25,549 households with 577,584
services, Community Link/211 served more than 3 million individuals,
and Wind Youth Services served 24,448 youth.
Gosney concludes, “We welcome everyone to support our mission
continuing to shop at our stores and continuing to supply the in-kind
donations that are the engine of our employment social enterprise.”