Grant award will help adults successfully transition to life and work after prison

ROCKVILLE, MD — Goodwill Industries International, Inc. (GII) has received a grant award of

$4 million from the U.S. Department of Labor to support the LifeLaunch: Pathway Home program. With this funding, four local Goodwill organizations that serve large populations of adults who have been impacted by the justice system will help individuals transition into the workforce and back into their communities after incarceration. Those who participate in the program will receive occupational skills training as well as holistic services to support, stabilize and foster independence post-release.

At the end of the grant period, 400 adults who are currently incarcerated will receive life and workforce support from their local Goodwill organizations. The program is designed to reduce the risk of unsuccessful transitions from incarceration to communities, lower the recidivism rate in those communities, and increase work credential attainment, quality employment and community safety.

The Goodwill organizations that will operate this program are located in Kansas City, MO; Rockford, IL; Toledo, OH; and Greenville, SC. These Goodwill organizations will partner with their respective state and local justice systems and employers to select the best candidates to be placed in Goodwill job training programs and other transition services, ultimately making them eligible to fill in-demand jobs.

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The Goodwill LifeLaunch: Pathway Home program is made possible with a $4 million grant award from the DOL’s Employment and Training Administration, covering 100% of operating costs.


Goodwill works to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by strengthening communities, building bridges to opportunity, and helping people in need reach their potential through learning and the power of work.

For more than 120 years, Goodwill® organizations across North America have helped people find jobs, support their families and feel the satisfaction that comes from working. There are 154 local Goodwill organizations that assist people through a variety of employment placement services, job training programs and other community-based services. Thousands of people receive employment and other human services through Goodwill and, in 2022, they helped more than 2 million people build skills, access resources and advance careers.

Goodwill sells donated items in nearly 3,300 outlet and retail stores in the U.S. and Canada and online at®, the first nonprofit internet auction site, and other online marketplaces. The revenue creates job placement and training programs to help people earn paychecks and build their careers.

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