Donors and community partners celebrated Goodwill’s newly renovated Community Employment Center in South Richmond at a dedication ceremony on April 17.
The renovation expanded Goodwill’s capacity to deliver workforce development services that change lives, increasing the training and service space by 25 to 30 percent.
“This is where the magic of changing lives through the power of work takes place,” said Charles D. Layman, president and CEO of Goodwill. “The renovation has created inspiration and opportunities for job seekers who, in many cases, have had challenges to participate in the workforce.”
Among the many donors that supported a fundraising campaign to renovate the Center, Layman called out lead donors Mary Morton Parsons Foundation, The Cabell Foundation, TowneBank Foundation and Brad and Janet Sauer.
Maria Rasmussen, chair of Goodwill’s Board of Directors, said, “We want to be sure people have the tools to become employable throughout their lives, to get on and up career ladders and to be more self-sufficient and resilient.”
Technology upgrades include 25 new laptop computers, free public wifi and wireless printing for job seekers to use, as well as AV upgrades in all training rooms to allow for remote training.
Following remarks by Goodwill’s leaders and Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, guests heard from Destiny Hunter, who completed Goodwill’s Transition to Independence and Employment (TIE) program to reduce her reliance on public assistance.
“Goodwill gave me hope at every turn,” said Hunter, who experienced homelessness and joblessness prior to connecting with Goodwill.
Following successful completion of the TIE program, Hunter secured a job with a homeless services organization, purchased a car and has stable housing for herself and her daughter. She is now enrolled in Goodwill’s TIE II program to acquire more skills to advance her career and her earnings.
Job seekers interested in receiving individualized workforce development services – from resume building and job search support to soft skills training, computer and financial literacy and credentialing programs – may visit any of Goodwill’s Community Employment Centers, including the newly renovated one at 6301 Midlothian Turnpike in Richmond. Click here for locations and hours.