Goodwill Industries – Big Bend, Inc. held an official Grand Opening Ceremony on Friday June 7th for its newest Career Training & Attended Donation Center located at 1302 Highway 331 next to Lowes. Local officials, community leaders, and Goodwill representatives will welcome these new services to the community.
"We are thrilled to expand into the community of DeFuniak Springs," said Fred Shelfer, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries- Big Bend, Inc. "The new site will allow Goodwill to serve more people in the Walton County area."
Goodwill's Career Training Center provides numerous free services, including: computer skills classes, computers for job searches, resume writing help, interview skills workshops, faxing, and a variety of job workshops.
"Most people only think of Goodwill as a thrift store, but that is only part of what we do," noted Stacy Larkin, Vice President of Human Services. "In fact, the sales of your donations fund job training and placement services for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Our Career Training Centers are at the heart of Goodwill's mission to help people reach their fullest potential through the power of work. They help people find jobs, lead independent lives and create more sustainable communities."
All of the services are free and the Career Training Center hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 am – 4:30 pm.
In addition to the Career Training Center, there will be an attended Donation Center. The new Donation Center will accept donated goods such as clothing, accessories, linens, computers, furniture, dishes, electronics, toys, antiques, and other household items. The Donation Center is now accepting donations Monday through Saturday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. and on Sundays between 9 a.m. and 5 a.m.
Goodwill Industries- Big Bend, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit with a mission to provide job training, education and employment to people with disabilities and other barriers to employment, helping them to reach their fullest potential in supporting themselves and their families. Goodwill also provides barrier-free apartment complexes in which people with disabilities can live independently and early childhood development services.