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    At Goodwill®, we believe everyone should have the opportunity to live independently, earn wages and achieve their dreams.

    We’re committed to helping you achieve your personal and professional goals, whether it’s earning a credential or degree, planning for your next career, polishing your job search and interview skills, getting your finances in order or overcoming a challenge specific to your experience or background.

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    Goodwill’s 162 organizations in the United States and Canada offer career services that help local community members — like you or your loved one — find a job. Our career coaches and job specialists can help you:

    • Jump start your job search: Whether you’ve been out of work for a while or just need a new perspective, we can help you update your résumé, tailor your job search and prepare for interviews.
    • Earn credentials: Credentials matter, and we can help you earn them! Earning a credential such as a high school diploma, GED, industry certification or college degree can give you more than $500,000 of additional earning power over the course of your career.
    • Advance your career: Goodwill specialists can help you chart your career path – whether in your current field or an entirely new one – and map out the training, education and other steps you need to get there.

    We also offer online learning so you can get started right from your own home. Visit our online resource center GoodProspects® to explore your career options and connect with a mentor, or hop over to GCFLearnFree.org® to take advantage of more than 750 free, self-paced lessons.

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    Putting Your Abilities to Work

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    Regardless of ability, work history or background, Goodwill is here to help all job seekers access the training and support they need to grow their career and support their families.

    If you or a loved one has a disability, you can benefit from our customized services that help individuals live, work and thrive within their communities. We’re committed to helping people make the most of their abilities and  connect with opportunities that allow them to move beyond a job and into a career.

    In addition to the traditional career and financial services, the Goodwill in your community may offer one or more of the following programs for people with disabilities:

    • Placement and support services targeted at your specific needs that can help you obtain and keep competitive jobs.
    • Rehabilitation programs that help you with your physical recovery.
    • Resources for farmers and ranchers with disabilities through our partnership with AgrAbility.

    Ready to get started? Use our homepage locator to look up the contact details to get in touch with your local Goodwill headquarters.

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    Veterans and Military Families

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    You served our country and developed your skills – now let us help connect you to the civilian career opportunities you’ve earned!

    We know the transition from military service to the civilian workforce can be challenging. Fortunately, Goodwill has a long history of helping veterans and their families obtain the skills, job training and other supports you need to get back in the workplace.

    Goodwill’s Operation: GoodJobs program, funded through the Walmart Foundation, is dedicated to empowering military veterans to find employment, advance in careers and ensure long-term financial stability for their families. Program services are currently available in Texas (Austin, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio and Waco); New York (Buffalo and the greater New York City / Northern New Jersey area); California (Santa Ana, San Diego and Oxnard regions); Washington (Tacoma) and North Carolina (Winston-Salem). Find out about Operation: GoodJobs and other veterans-specific programs in your region by contacting your nearest Goodwill headquarters.

    To access additional veterans’ resources, browse the tabs below:


    Work Resources

    The resources below can help you find a career path and access to the education and job training you need to pursue that path. Some of these resources can help you identify how your military service translates into civilian credentials or certifications, and learn what benefits you’ve rightly earned as a veteran.

    The Transition Assistance Program: Mandatory pre-separation counseling, employment workshops, and veterans benefit activities. An additional component, DTAP, is available for service members with disabilities.

    VA Seamless Transition Program: Benefits for returning veterans including job training, health care and insurance. Links to other federal agencies and organizations offer related benefits and services.

    DOL Veterans Education and Training Service (VETS) Program: Resources and services for maximizing employment opportunities, protecting employment rights and qualifying for in-demand occupations.

    The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) VetSuccess Program: (Chapter 31 program) Helps veterans with service-connected disabilities prepare for, find and keep suitable jobs.

    The Army and Navy Credentialing Opportunities Online (COOL): Find out your eligibility for civilian credentials related to your military occupational specialty. Locate available programs that will help pay credentialing fees.

    Military.com Veterans Job Search: The largest online job board of its kind, with more than 100,000 jobs available nationwide.

    Veterans Job Bank: A central source for identifying employment opportunities posted by employers committed to hiring Veterans.

    Military Spouse Employment Partnership: Connects spouses from all military services with Fortune 500 and other companies that are seeking the job skills and attributes that military family members possess.

    Education Programs

    The GI Bill and other programs are designed to help you get the education you need. The following links will help you determine which program is right for you.

    Housing

    The VA reports that one of the highest-rated unmet needs among veterans in every region of the country is access to affordable housing. The resources below can help you and your family explore housing options in your area.

    VA Home Loan Guaranty Service: Helps veterans and active duty personnel purchase and retain homes.

    HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing: Combines Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance for homeless veterans with case management and VA clinical services. Services are provided at VA medical centers and community-based outreach clinics in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

    VA Homeless Programs: Helps homeless veterans live as self-sufficiently and independently as possible. Limited to veterans and their dependents. The largest integrated network of homeless treatment and assistance services.

    Veterans Assistance Foundation: Operates transitional housing programs for veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.


    Health Care

    One of the basic and most urgent needs of returning veterans and their families is quality, affordable health care. In additional to primary care services, the VA and others can help you and your family access care for physical disabilities and psychological trauma, substance abuse treatment, individual and family counseling, and more. Some services are free. Please check in your local area.

    Veterans Health Administration: The United States’ largest integrated health care system, consisting of 152 medical centers, nearly 1,400 community-based outpatient clinics, community living centers, vet centers and domiciliaries.

    VA’s Vet Center: Community-based centers provide a wide range of services to combat veterans transitioning from military to civilian life and their family members. Services include individual counseling, group counseling, marital and family counseling, bereavement counseling, medical referrals, assistance in applying for VA benefits, employment counseling, alcohol/drug assessments, military sexual trauma counseling and referral, and guidance and referrals to community resources.

    TRICARE (formerly CHAMPUS): Offers comprehensive, affordable health coverage with several health plan options, a pharmacy benefit, dental options and other special programs for service members, veterans and their families.

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    People with Criminal Backgrounds

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    We believe that anyone who wants to go to work deserves a second chance. We understand the challenges people with criminal backgrounds face as they re-enter the community and offer services for men, women and young adults who are committed to getting their lives back on track.

    Here are some ways Goodwill can support you during your journey:

    • Pre-release services: Get a head start on building your work skills and obtaining the necessary documentation to start your job search before you are released.
    • Basic skills development: Prepare for your GED, and take ESL or other basic education classes.
    • Employment-readiness training: Develop the soft skills that help you succeed at work, including interviewing and workplace communication techniques.
    • Occupational skills training: Learn a skill or trade that can help you get back to work or move on to a better job.
    • Job placement assistance: Open doors to employment opportunities at companies and organizations committed to giving people with criminal backgrounds a second chance.
    • Life skills: Gain new skills to help you improve other areas of your life, such as parenting, relationship and communication skills.

    To see what programs are available in your community, contact your nearest Goodwill and ask to speak with an employment specialist.

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    Older Workers

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    As you get older, you gain valuable experience and skills that employers value – and you can learn new skills.

    At Goodwill, we’re here to help you find work, develop your skills and talents, maintain or establish financial security, and access affordable housing and health care. We can help you prepare for your “encore” career by providing computer training, financial coaching and assistance with finding jobs online.

    Additionally, Goodwill offers comprehensive services for people 55 and older in six states through the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). The program, funded through the U.S. Department of Labor, allows you to contribute to your community by participating in paid training at locations like libraries, schools, housing agencies, food banks and other nonprofits. Benefits include:

    • Gaining valuable workplace skills and expertise.
    • Building self-confidence.
    • Developing technology skills.
    • Receiving assistance with your job search.

    Goodwill currently offers SCSEP-related services in the entire state of New Mexico; large portions of Washington and Virginia; and in the counties near Fort Washington, PA; Indianapolis, IN; and Phoenix, AZ.

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    Young Adults

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    As a young adult, you have tremendous potential, energy and aspirations to make a contribution to your community. If you left school early or are having a hard time finding a job, it can be challenging to establish your independence and find meaningful work. If you’re unsure about how to turn your dreams into reality, Goodwill can help you find a way to succeed.

    We can help you get started down the path to achieving your ambitions through:

    • Career planning focused on your interests and skills.
    • Guidance from experts and peers as you chart your education and career path.
    • Service learning opportunities that allow you to contribute to your community and career goals.
    • Support to help you complete high school and begin a path toward college or other training.
    • Assistance preparing for a strong financial future through workshops, training and education that focuses on money management and planning skills.

    Need one-on-one support? Many Goodwills offer youth mentoring programs to connect you with adults who can help you leverage your strengths and make choices that support your goals.

    If you’re 12-17, you can take advantage of Goodwill GoodGuides®, a national mentoring program for young adults to learn about careers and prepare for the future. We’ll match you with a mentor who will support you in making positive decisions, offer encouragement and guidance, and find ways to help you achieve your dreams.

    Find Out about Youth Programs in Your Area

    Hispanics

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    Goodwill began in 1902 by training and employing immigrants in Boston, MA, and we continue to believe everyone should be able to obtain the services they need to support themselves and their families. These services include English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and support integrating into new communities for recent immigrants and refugees.

    If you’re a Hispanic person or immigrant in need of assistance, contact your nearest Goodwill career center for services and support available to you.

    En Goodwill ® centros profesionales, damos la bienvenida a personas de todas orígenes étnicas y nacionalidades. Nuestra organización se inició en 1902, proporcionando empleo digno a los inmigrantes en Boston, MA, y seguimos creyendo que todos deben tener las mismas oportunidades para salir adelante, apoyar a sus familias, y obtener los servicios que necesitan.

    Goodwill ayuda a los inmigrantes y refugiados de Europa, África, Oriente Medio y Asia, y de los países latinoamericanos y caribeños.

    Para ver los servicios que ofrece Goodwill a los inmigrantes en su comunidad contacte al Goodwill cerca a usted y pregunte por un especialista de empleo.

    Usted puede aprender más acerca de cómo hemos ayudado a personas de Latino    América mediante la lectura de nuestro informe, Oportunidades para Trabajadores Hispanos / Latinos (PDF).

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