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Mar 16, 2017
Carmelton was enrolled in the Offender Success program after spending 29 years in prison. His reentry was anything but easy. After serving his time, Carmelton was released into a completely different world than the one he had known. To put this into perspective, he was 24 years old when he went to prison and 53 when released. When he left his home, the year was 1987. Ronald Reagan was President. There were no cell phones. The cost of a tank of gas was $.89 and the average monthly rent was $395.
Feb 16, 2017
“Without Goodwill and its programming, it’s safe to say that I would still be sitting at home, bored, doing not much of anything,” he says. And, Brandon would recommend these programs to anyone. “Goodwill helped me to blossom,” he says “My life is really good now. I accomplished something that I worked hard for and I am setting new goals for the future.”
Dec 1, 2016
When he was released after 48 months in prison he had $137 to his name, no home, transportation, or support. Referred to Goodwill by his parole officer, Johnnie was enrolled in the Offender Success program.
From the beginning of his time in the program, Johnnie was highly motivated. He was an active participant in the employment readiness group which focused on résumé building, job skills and retention, and interviewing. Johnnie was a leader in the classroom and every day showed his motivation to change his life.
Oct 20, 2016
Sep 13, 2016
Janitorial Occupational Training (JOT) Program participants Gary and Daniella were recently recognized as outstanding trainees. In partnership with Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp the 8-week program combines classroom training and testing with on-the-job paid experience at the camp.
Jan 18, 2016
Haley, a bright-eyed ambitious high school senior with barriers due to a traumatic brain injury, spoke clearly of her life dreams. She also expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to learn job skills by enrolling in Goodwill’s Customer Service Training Program, administered at Orchard View High School (OVHS).
Oct 20, 2015
Referred to Goodwill from HealthWest (CMH) in June of this year, Taylor is a young woman with adjustment disorder, depression, and mild I/DD.
Upon her enrollment to Goodwill’s Work Readiness Program, it was apparent to her Goodwill case manager that Taylor had very low self-esteem and diminished confidence in her abilities.
Aug 18, 2015
Holland’s one-stop job resource center — providing employment services and related supports for people looking for work, or seeking help in advancing their careers.
Jun 18, 2015
Nineteen-year-old Brody had no employment history and was lacking in marketable work skills when he was referred to Goodwill’s Supported Employment Program by Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS). Brody has autism.
A Goodwill employment specialist provided Brody with a variety of one-on-one job-readiness training, including résumé assistance, job searches, help with completing applications, and interview skills coaching.
May 20, 2015
Niki Turner is a single mother who returned to work two years ago after attending school while raising her children. For several years prior to working, Niki did not know she was eligible to receive any tax credits and did not receive a refund.
After seeking assistance from Goodwill’s MoneyWorks’ tax preparation services at Goodwill’s headquarter facility – a designated Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) tax site – Niki was pleasantly surprised with her tax refund. Having not filed taxes for two years because of her low income and the high cost of filing, she had no idea she would be qualified for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), the Child Tax Credit, as well as the Michigan Home Heating Credit and Property Tax Credit.
Mar 29, 2015
As a result of a unique collaboration with Muskegon Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) and Orchard View High School (OVHS), Goodwill Industries recently opened a new micro-store for students.
Mar 13, 2015
Spring is here! Clean out your closets and donate to Goodwill during the Spring Goodwill Sale at Younkers, now through March 28. For each item donated, customers will receive a coupon for up to 25% off new spring merchandise and fashion at Younkers. Donations will be sold in our Goodwill stores, generating revenue to fund our job training and employment placement programs, and other community support services.
Dec 2, 2014
Muskegon's one-stop job resource center — providing employment services and related supports for people looking for work, or seeking help in advancing their careers.
271 East Apple Avenue, Muskegon, MI 49442
Career Center entrance and visitor parking is located off Sophia Street.
Oct 31, 2014
We DO continue to accept LCD, LED, and plasma TVs and monitors. Click here for a complete list of electronics we do accept.
Aug 18, 2014
Goodwill offers a broad range of employment programs and services to fulfill a diverse set of needs. Below are four individuals Goodwill served last year and their stories of success in the West Michigan workplace.
Jun 12, 2014
Goodwill Industries of West Michigan (GIWM) is partnering with Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) to deliver five “Lunch and Learn” financial and homeownership workshops. Presented every third Wednesday, from June through October, the series is free and open to the public and held from noon to 12:45 p.m. at Goodwill Industries Corporate Headquarters at 271 East Apple Avenue.
May 19, 2014
To celebrate national Goodwill Industries Week, Goodwill hosted its annual Achievers of the Year event on May 7, 2014. Goodwill recognized four program participants that achieved outstanding success in 2013, with a luncheon, video presentation, and awards ceremony. In addition to honoring these four individuals, Goodwill recognized the employers who hired these individuals and the case managers who also contributed to their success.
May 17, 2014
A pinched nerve in her neck left Alisa unable to work because of the pain. Fifteen years of unemployment led to depression, low self-esteem, and eventually, drug addiction.
After getting help and graduating from a treatment program, Alisa (now 50 years old) felt ready to try reentering the workforce. Her Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) case manager referred her to Goodwill’s Work Adjustment Program for a “situational assessment,” an on-the-job trial to observe her tolerance for work.
Apr 10, 2014
Goodwill recently developed financial literacy card game won an EIFLE (Excellence in Financial Literacy Education) award for Instructional Game of the Year by the Institute for Financial Literacy. Now in its eighth year, the EIFLE award was created to acknowledge innovation, dedication, and a strong commitment to advance financial education.
Jan 16, 2014
Goodwill has once again partnered with Volunteer Muskegon, Community enCompass, and other nonprofits to provide a wide selection of dates and locations for the free service. This year Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) services is offering three types of services.
Jan 14, 2014
When Kenyada Young first came to GoodTemps seeking employment in 2011, she felt lost and without options. The recently released ex-offender had a felony background and a long history of drug dealing. It was difficult to find an employer willing to give her a chance.
Her GoodTemps case manager enrolled Kenyada into its four-day, Pathways to Permanent Employment class -- a job retention program in which graduates receive priority placements. Despite her excellent participation, drive, and qualifications, GoodTemps was unable to find her a job placement.
Nov 18, 2013
Goodwill and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) of West Michigan are currently looking for volunteers to help with the upcoming tax season. VITA volunteers provide free tax assistance to low- to moderate-income workers and families eligible for significant state and federal tax credits.
NO accounting or tax experience is required! Volunteers receive FREE IRS training and certification. Interested in learning more about becoming a VITA volunteer, click here.
Goodwill Tax Program Coordinator Amanda Grover blogs about the benefits and rewards of being a VITA volunteer. Read the Goodviews post here.
Nov 12, 2013
Communities across the country will come together on Friday, November 15, to observe America Recycles Day.
It's a day to celebrate recycling and the positive effects it has on our planet.
Check out our Facebook page now through November 17 and share your favorite recycling idea for a chance to win a $25 Goodwill gift card.
Nov 1, 2013
Now through November 9, Goodwill Industries and Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore are teaming up for Every Dress has a Story!, a "fashion-forward" dress drive initiative!
Donate your gently-used dresses, shoes, accessories, and other clothing items to your local Goodwill donation center. Participating troops are also collecting directly from their networks, so if you know a troop leader and have a donation, let them know and a Girl Scout can collect and donate on your behalf. The Girls Scouts encourages you to upload a photo of your donated dress on your social media pages and share their links about the drive. More information here.
Sep 9, 2013
Aug 20, 2013
On Friday, August 16 Goodwill celebrated the opening of its 16th retail store and donation center at 1141 West Randall Street in Coopersville. The 6,500-square-foot store is providing jobs for 15 new employees.
“We’ve been wanting to open a store in the Coopersville community for some time now,” said Goodwill Retail Director James Cherney. “We think we finally found the perfect location. The chamber, neighboring businesses, and the Coopersville community have been very supportive and welcoming.”
Aug 6, 2013
May 9, 2013
To celebrate national Goodwill Industries Week, Goodwill hosted its annual Achievers of the Year event on May 8, 2013. Goodwill recognized four program participants that achieved outstanding success in 2012, with a luncheon, video presentation, and awards ceremony. In addition to honoring these four individuals, Goodwill recognized the employers who hired these individuals and the case managers who also contributed to their success.
Apr 30, 2013
Goodwill Industries Week is May 5-11! As a special THANK YOU to our loyal shoppers and donors, we will be offering prizes and giveaways all week long.
Apr 19, 2013
Whitehall and Montague middle schools are competing head-to-head in the Cross-River Recycling Challenge, a dueling Goodwill donation drive during Earth Week (April 22-26).
The school that collects the MOST donations at the conclusion of the week wins an environmental school project of their choice.
Dec 12, 2012
Last year, United Way of the Lakeshore approached Goodwill to collaborate on a project called the Financial Stability Navigation and Intervention Program. The program set up a fund earmarked for job supports to assist individuals in securing and/or retaining employment called the “Barrier Resolution Fund.” The program also allowed for funding to be used toward education. Additionally, financial management supports were offered through the program, skills such as creating a budget, access to credit score and reports, as well as making sure individuals have claimed all of their tax credits they are entitled to.
Lena Elliot is a single parent with three young children. When Lena first sought out assistance from the Barrier Resolution Fund, she was working part time at a photography studio. She needed assistance with car insurance to get back and forth to work. Lena knew the importance of being financially stable but was living crisis-to-crisis based on the small amount of income she received.
Oct 30, 2012
David has been a part of Goodwill Industries since 1979. Mildly intellectually impaired, he has worked in various departments throughout the years: industrial services, groundskeeping, textile baling, etc. After his wife Susie (who also worked at Goodwill) died in 2005, he developed a problem with alcohol and depression, and was evicted from his apartment.
David lived with friends on a temporary basis, but eventually he had nowhere to go. Goodwill staff learned that David was living underneath a bridge, with not much more than the clothes on his back and his bicycle. David’s belongings were in storage. He was continually behind on his storage rental payment and each payday would make enough payment so that he would not lose his belongings.
Aug 31, 2012
Jeremy came to the Goodwill Michigan Works! (Norton Site) Workforce Development Center seeking services. A high school graduate, he had eight years work experience as a construction laborer, but wanted something more. His life-long dream was a career in social work where he could help people. He was especially interested in assisting families in crisis situations.
Jeremy’s Goodwill case manager helped him enroll in the No Worker Left Behind (NWLB) program to help fund his education and advancement. In January 2010, he began attending Grand Valley State University (GVSU) to pursue his degree. Dedicated to his studies, he maintained a 3.3 or higher GPA and had perfect attendance.
Aug 27, 2012
This month marks the one-year anniversary of the opening of our Goodwill Zeeland Store. To celebrate, and thank the community, the store is holding a 20% off (everything) sale August 25-31.
All week, Zeeland shoppers will be able to enter a drawing for a chance to win a $100 Goodwill gift card. The winner will be drawn at noon on Friday, August 31. Stop by and check out the store!
Aug 1, 2012
Bill was referred to Goodwill’s Work Activity Program in 1993 by Community Mental Health. Bill was initially placed in the Industrial Services Center where he quickly demonstrated the ability and willingness to be a valued member of the team, achieving one of the highest production rates.
His work experience at Goodwill includes placement on several off-site industrial enclaves, including work at local manufacturers such as E-Coaters and Fastenal.
Jul 1, 2012
Ron enrolled in Goodwill’s Prisoner Reentry (PR) program after his release from the Michigan Department of Corrections in February 2012. He had a solid work history in the construction field, but due to the current lack of jobs in this line of work, he was encouraged to explore other employment options.
As part of the PR program, Ron completed a four-week employment readiness class where he composed a resume, learned effective job search skills, practiced interview skills, and learned to become comfortable talking about his background with an employer.
Apr 30, 2012
In June 2011, 18-year-old Camonte Redmond came to Goodwill out of desperation. Due to a family crisis, he dropped out of high school to get a job to help support them. He applied for work through GoodTemps, Goodwill’s temporary staffing agency.
In September, he was placed at ADAC Automotive and they were very pleased with his strong work ethic and willingness to work overtime, but was told he would have to obtain his GED to be considered for permanent hire. To obtain this goal, Camonte enrolled in classes at M-TEC Adult Education and signed up to take the GED exam. Athough he failed the test on the first try, he dedicated himself to his studies and six weeks later passed the test. ADAC awarded him a permanent placement the following week.
Apr 4, 2012
Leodis was referred to Goodwill by his supports coordinator at Community Mental Health (CMH) of Muskegon County last June. Leodis needed employment but was unable to obtain work in the community. Following a traumatic divorce, Leodis was receiving mental health services, medication, anger management therapy, and other supports from CMH.
Leodis also has diabetes and high blood pressure that requires monitoring throughout the day, and medication administered as needed. CMH referred him to Goodwill knowing it would be the ideal work setting to keep his health in check.
Mar 14, 2012
While serving time at West Shoreline Correctional facility, Kelly Keller admitted he did not have much hope of finding work once he was paroled. This was his third incarceration. As the days grew nearer to his release, he doubted this time would be any different from his two previous attempts to stay out of prison. Despite his uncertainty, Kelly attended the in-reach employment workshops offered by Goodwill’s Prisoner Reentry (PR) program at West Shoreline. During the employment workshops, Kelly learned tools to help overcome the barriers that a felony imposed to finding work. He completed the WorkKeys assessment, created a resume, and learned effective job interviewing skills. Upon completion of the in-reach classes, Kelly’s confidence grew knowing he had support to assist him in being successful upon his release.
Feb 10, 2012
Displaced worker, single father of three, reinvents himself
Eric first came to Goodwill Industries Workforce Development Center (WDC) in 2009 after he was laid off from his position as a die cast mold machine operator at Diversified Machining, Inc. Recognizing the decline in manufacturing jobs, Eric took advantage of the federally-funded “No Worker Left Behind,” free tuition program and went on to earn an Associates in Applied Science degree in computer network technology from Muskegon Community College (MCC).
Feb 3, 2012
The Whitehall store is getting a makeover! New floors, new paint, new lighting, new tile in the bathrooms ... and more!
In preparation for a brief store closing in early February, the store is offering a 50% off sale January 22 - February 2 on everything in the store!
Please note: our donation drive-thru will stay open throughout the renovation period in early February.
Oct 3, 2011
Goodwill celebrated the opening of its 15th location on Friday, August 26 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Zeeland Chamber of Commerce. Located in the Bridgewater Square Shopping Center at 9479 Riley Street, the 7,662-square-foot store is providing jobs for 15 new employees.
May 4, 2011
To celebrate national Goodwill Industries Week, Goodwill hosted its first annual Achievers of the Year event on May 4. Goodwill recognized four program participants that achieved outstanding success in 2010, with a luncheon, video presentation, and awards ceremony. In addition to honoring these four individuals, Goodwill recognized the employers who hired these individuals and the case managers who also contributed to their success.
Mar 20, 2011
Goodwill Industries of West Michigan is proud to partner with the West Michigan Symphony on its week-long Sustainability activities and multi-media concert event.
Feb 18, 2011
Goodwill opened the doors to its newest store and donation center in Cedar Springs on Friday, February 18. Located directly across from the Meijer store on 17 Mile Road near US-131, the site was selected for shopper and donor convenience.
Feb 10, 2010
The Lumberjacks are once again hosting a special “Goodwill Night” on February 20 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. to help generate community donations used to support our mission services. Held during the game against the Flint General at the L.C. Walker Arena in Muskegon, volunteers will be stationed at both entrances to collect gently used clothing and other saleable household items.
Dec 29, 2009
Our very own local branch of Shopgoodwill.com just sold its highest priced item to date — a very old looking Bernardel violin with case for $5,001.
“Despite its somewhat dilapidated condition, the violin generated a lot of bidding activity and was ultimately sold and shipped to its new owner in Washington state,” said Shopgoodwill team member Jamey Keena.
Aug 1, 2009
Goodwill Industries of West Michigan (GIWM) is pleased to announce that it has received ISO 9001:2008 certification for its Industrial Services Division.
GIWM is one of only 18 Goodwill Industries organizations internationally that have achieved an ISO certification.
Jul 20, 2009
GoodTemps, Inc., a subsidiary of Goodwill Industries of West Michigan, recently hired J. D. Wallace as the staffing agency's new manager. Wallace stepped down from a successful 30-year management career at The Muskegon Chronicle to accept the position.??
"We feel extremely fortunate to have a person of Jay's demonstrated track record in leadership and organizational development on our team," said Goodwill President and CEO Richard Carlson. "His commitment to quality and growth, combined with his knowledge of the West Michigan business community will greatly help us take GoodTemps to the next level."
Jun 29, 2009
West Michigan was one of just four Goodwill organizations internationally to receive the 2009 “Goodwill is Good for Families” Family Strengthening Award sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Goodwill Industries International. “Family Strengthening” is a whole-family approach of service delivery, recognizing the correlation between success in the home and success in the workplace. The honor includes a $20,000 gift that will be used to further support Goodwill’s family strengthening efforts.