In 2017, Goodwill celebrates 60 years of serving Kansas communities and plans for several new projects are underway to commemorate the anniversary.
The first Goodwill in Harvey County opened in Newton in December 2016 and features an on-site job training and life skills program for people with developmental disabilities.
Goodwill launched a new brand, Edgar James Apparel, and website edgarjamesapparel.com for its longtime sewing and business services department. To celebrate, a donation of 500 custom pediatric gowns was donated to the Wesley Children’s Foundation for use in the new Wesley Children’s Hospital.
NexStep Alliance, a partnership with Wichita Area Technical College, added GED and ESL classes at a second campus at Douglas and Grove in Wichita.
Our NexStep Alliance partnership expanded to add a mobile STEM career lab, helping students get a hands-on look at careers in fields like nursing, advanced manufacturing, aviation and more.
Goodwill is the lead host for a new initiative with Project Search. The program currently helps high school seniors with developmental disabilities explore career opportunities and develop job skills in a six month internship program before being placed in community employment. Goodwill will expand upon that, targeting adults.