Goodwill Industries was founded in 1957 to provide jobs for people with disabilities. As a private, not for profit Tennessee corporation, we are a member of Goodwill Industries International which assigns the territories for its members. Our territory extends within Tennessee borders from Crossville to Jackson, encompassing 48 counties. Our agency has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) since the early 1990s. Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Inc. had an operating budget of $814,700 for 2014. Ninety-nine percent of its operating budget was secured through the sale of donated goods. Goodwill employed approximately 2,043 individuals as of January 1, 2015. Of those individuals, 88% mission-related (had some type of barrier in initially becoming employed) and 18% of the employees are persons with disabilities.
In 2014, 28,159 individuals were served through our 26 Career Solutions centers. 9,558 of those individuals gained employment. Employees and persons served include those with disabilities and others who have trouble finding and keeping jobs. Barriers to employment include, but are not limited to, the chronically poor, high school drop-outs, teens at risk, the chronically unemployed, displaced workers, persons aged 55+, ex-offenders, and non-native English speaking persons. Goodwill invests 88% of its revenue into program services.We have maintained funded contracts with the Tennessee Division of Rehabilitation Services, the Tennessee Department of Intellectual Disabilities Services, and provide contracted services with organizations such as Operation Stand Down serving veterans who may be homeless and/or have disabilities. Goodwill also is a sub-contractor with Nashville Career Advancement Center to provide training for displaced workers. Goodwill was awarded a grant from RTA/MTA to assist clients in obtaining transportation in order to participate in job training, job search and employment. Goodwill is a member of the Initiative to Reduce Poverty in Nashville and cooperatively partners with several other organizations. During 2012, Goodwill was awarded funding from United Healthcare to provide scholarship funds for individuals who completed Goodwill's Healthcare Initiatives Training and who wanted to continue their education in becoming a Certified Nurse Assistant. Goodwill was awarded funds from United Way of Nashville to support our Transitional Employment Services Program in Davidson County beginning in July 2008 and maintains support to current date. Goodwill’s Microsoft Office Training, Security Guard Training and Forklift training programs are approved by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. Tennessee Career Centers fund many of the referrals these programs. Goodwill also operates a youth work program and a job readiness training program for teens during the summer. Goodwill will was awarded a grant from the Metropolitan Housing and Development Authority Youth Enrichment funds to assist with funding for both of the aforementioned youth programs. Some funding has been provided for one or both programs in past years.
Goodwill provides a recreational, integrated day camp program for children ages 6-15 years old and diagnosed with autism. The day camps are conducted at Nashville Davidson County Metropolitan Park Community Centers and totally funded by Goodwill.
Goodwill continues to grow its training programs, job placement services and locations along with its retail business and donation sites. Goodwill added 3 Career Solutions offices and opened several new donation sites. A new store was built in Mt. Juliet and the South Jackson store was relocated. Goodwill has a solid financial management system and is always looking for opportunities that can provide services to our community and business partnerships to provide job placement opportunities for our clients.
Provides training in job seeking skills (employer expectations, completing job applications, resume development, interview skills, finding job leads) and job retention support services for a minimum of 90 days after person begins employment. Individuals receiving these services are also offered options for digital literacy training. Nashville Career Solutions offices are located at 937 Herman Street; 580 Berry Road; 2731 Lebanon Pike; 2101 Gallatin Road and 3538 Murfreesboro Road in Antioch. The Antioch location has English/Spanish speaking counselors to provide additional support for non-native English speaking individuals. The Career Solutions offices in Franklin, TN located at 595 Hillsboro Road and the Spring Hill office at 1008 Nasdaq Street also have English/Spanish speaking counselors to provide additional support for non-native English speaking individuals. Services are provided free of charge to persons served and Goodwill funds the majority of the services through the sale of donated goods.
Services are provided free of charge to persons served and Goodwill funds the majority of the services through the sale of donated goods.
Goodwill has a program to assist young people ages 17-25 who are exiting high school or who have already exited high school with or without a diploma. The goal of the program is to help these young adults re-engage with education, vocational training and/or employment.
Goodwill offers 3 distinct summer programs for children.
Goodwill Integration Program is for youth ages 6-15 that have been diagnosed with autism. The children participate in an integrated day camp program with children who are not classified as having disabilities for a fun summer of recreation. Adult supervision is designated to monitor the children and encourage them to participate in the summer camp activities.
The Goodwill Summer Work program serves youth in high school who are between the ages of 16-22. The program assists them with paid work training for up to 6 weeks during summer school break. The students may have an individual assigned to help train them on the job and have the opportunity to earn and train either with an employer in the community or at a Goodwill location.
Challenges include: balancing mission needs expressed in growing numbers of unemployed people relying on our services in their job search; extending our services to all 48 Tennessee counties in our territory and maintaining sufficient fiscal growth to meet those increasing needs.
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With global competition, technological changes and the growth of knowledge- and service-based economies, even entry-level jobs require more advanced skills than they did several decades ago. There is great demand for workers with education, skills training or both, but jobs that require only a high school diploma are disappearing, or the wages they pay are dropping. Schools offer limited vocational training, and graduates often lack the practical job skills employers need.
If you can read this, you can fill out an application, write a check, shop for groceries, read to a child, and understand the bus schedule. What if you couldn’t? On top of that, what would happen if you couldn’t speak English? Renting an apartment and going to the doctor would be come terrifying and overwhelming. 44 million adults in the United States are unable to even read a simple story to a child, and 1 out of 5 Nashville adults is functionally illiterate.
Parents dropping their kids off at school may not realize their child sits next to a young person in the foster care system. Students may not realize their classmate is not going home to his or her own parents, but to a group home or foster care placement. No sign on this child would alert anyone that he or she has likely suffered abuse, neglect, or abandonment.
All Tennessee families should have access to high quality, developmentally appropriate child care and after-school programming for their children, regardless of income level. In order to even out the playing field for all children in Middle Tennessee, support for local nonprofit childcare centers and afterschool programs is as vital as ever. By providing educational opportunities and enriching activities for these youths, after-school programs and centers can offer alternatives to potentially less productive and sometimes harmful activities in which youth may be tempted to participate when left to their own supervision.
In Tennessee, gang presence has been on the rise since the late 1980s and early 1990s, when gangs first made a concerted push into the state. Since 2011, police have identified at least 5,000 gang members in Davidson County, and gang-related crimes have increased by 25%. Meanwhile, cities with 50,000 or fewer inhabitants have seen gang-related crimes triple in frequency nationally since 2005.
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