When people hear Goodwill, they often think about our retail stores, where Hoosiers can donate the items they no longer use, and shop for great deals and unique finds. Most also know we provide employment opportunities to people with disabilities, criminal histories and other barriers. Some even think that’s where Goodwill’s mission ends, but it’s actually where it begins.
When you donate and shop at Goodwill, you’re not just supporting jobs for people with employment barriers — you’re also giving an adult a second chance at a high school diploma, new moms regular visits with a registered nurse and so much more. Thanks to people like you across central and southern Indiana, thousands of lives are being changed every day.
That’s why I’m excited to introduce Achieve, our new semi-annual publication, where you’ll see how your support for Goodwill helps people increase their independence and reach their potential.Over the past 25 years of delivering the Working Times, our previous publication, our organization has evolved. Employment continues to be a big part of what we do, but we also incorporated education and health into our mission. Achieve shines a spotlight on the employees, students and people that participate in our programs and whose individual achievements make it possible for us to achieve our broader mission.
In this issue, you’ll read stories about people who faced a number of challenges but saw an opportunity for a fresh start and seized it. We hope you are inspired, and we invite you to get more involved with our mission of empowering people in the communities we serve.
Thank you for your continued support.
Kent A. Kramer
President & CEO
Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana