Goodwill® Helps Job Seekers Go Forth and Financially Prosper

African-American job seeker receives one-on-one help at Goodwill prosperity center.Helping people succeed financially means more than helping them find jobs; it means giving them all the tools they need to build financial security and independence once they have a job, including resume-writing assistance, skills assessment, career counseling, access to computer and high-speed internet, and help with interviewing skills and financial counseling.

Goodwill® Prosperity Centers are a new model of financial education and assistance that are helping people build a safety net for themselves. It’s initiatives like these that solve problems in the communities that people live in and allow for them to move toward greater economic stability, higher earnings and home ownership by providing a comprehensive package of free services all under one roof.

Last year, Goodwill Industries of Lane and South Counties opened a Prosperity Center in Eugene, Oregon that allows people with low to moderate incomes work with a financial planner, free of charge, and come up with their own long-term financial plan. This month, Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina, in partnership with Consumer Credit Counseling Service and United Way, opened the Career Connections & Prosperity Center.

At each of these centers, financial professionals talk to participants about what their financial goals are, and help them come up with a personal plan to meet that goal, whether it’s regularly paying their bills on time, reducing personal debt, starting savings to go to school, or investing in a big purchase like a car or home.

At a time when just getting by can often seem like an insurmountable challenge, these centers are developing personal relationships with community agencies so that participants are not only able to get by, but learn how to build economically sustainable and self-sufficient lives and earn higher incomes. Community collaborations are critical as we face the challenges of a tough economy.

When like-minded agencies partner together, they are able to harness their resources, eliminate redundancies, strengthen their impact, and focus the delivery of their services to meet the needs of local communities, and have a meaningful impact on the citizens in those communities.

To find out how Goodwill is working with organizations in your area to help people like you find financial security and independence, give your local Goodwill headquarters a call.

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This entry is adapted from GII President and CEO Jim Gibbons’ latest blog post on
The Huffington Post.