History- Goodwill Industries International has a rich 100 year old history. Rev. Edgar J. Helms, a Methodist minister, founded Goodwill in 1902 in Boston, MA. Dr. Helms collected used household goods and clothing in wealthier areas of the city, then trained and hired unemployed people to mend and repair the used goods. The goods were then resold, and proceeds paid the workers wages and were invested in the development of job training programs.
Barbara Delbridge tells how she came to be involved with Goodwill Industries Serving Central Virginia and Hampton Roads after being released from a correctional facility, and how she now gives back to help other people with criminal backgrounds.
Multiple programs and education made available to youth can reduce graffiti and engage troubled youth with fulfilling educational and challenging programs. Communities, families get together to help clean up their neighborhoods. One of the major cleaners that back their defense is the Eco-friendly Graffiti Go! a Home Strip product by EcoSolve Americas. The only truly effective water based solvent free graffiti remover that is non-toxic and completely safe for the user and the environment.
Shenice tells her remarkable story and how Goodwill training and employment programs helped her get back on the right track after a troubled youth.
We believe in the power of work to strengthen individuals and to transform lives. We envision persons with barriers to employment being able to choose rewarding employment, achieving financial security, and building careers and lives for themselves and their families, thus enriching our communities. Watch our mission in action.