Opening Doors With Words

For Goodwill employee Robert Groves, learning to read was one tick off his bucket list, and one he hopes means greater opportunity. It was something he had always wanted to do, and now – thanks to classes held each week at the Dodds Avenue facility – he can. The class is open to the public!  Read More.

‘My Disability is One Part of Who I Am’

That’s the theme for National Disability Employment Awareness Week, celebrated in October and developed by the U.S. Dept. of Labor to highlight the wide variety of skills that employees with disabilities bring to the table. Meet a Chattanooga Goodwill employee who perfectly epitomizes that idea.   Read More

No Stopping Her

A 15-year absence from the workforce and a lack of recent office skills and experience wasn’t about to deter Chattanooga resident Becky Freeman. Mustering up courage, confidence and a touch of boldness and spunk, Becky turned to SCSEP to help her parlay those attributes into a job and a paycheck.  Read More

A Room to Call His Own

Raising a two-year-old can be challenging. But doing so as a grandmother who has disabilities, unable to work and lives on a fixed income, and it might seem impossible. That was recently the case confronting Signal Centers of Chattanooga. Read More.

Great American Eclipse & Goodwill

Something for the history books and something of historical value for you! Join Goodwill as we celebrate the ‘Great American Eclipse’ on Monday, August 21, 2017. Learn more.

Congratulations, Lafayette Students!

Some Lafayette (GA) High School students are ready to take on the world of retail. The students earned just a bit more edge in the job search game thanks to their graduation from a Goodwill retail certification pilot program. Read More

Building Readers One Book at a Time

Thanks to the manpower of a Chattanooga distributing company and donations from Chattanooga Goodwill Industries, the 355 students of Hillcrest Elementary School will have something to add to their own personal libraries. Read More.


Evealean Stewart could easily (and happily) be the poster child for Chattanooga Goodwill’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), the only federally-funded program that targets lower income, older Americans to help them find work.

She minces no words: “That program is my heart.”  Read more.


Goodwill Industries Week – It’s Official!

Now in its 66th year, Goodwill Industries Week is observed in a variety of ways across the country – from the hosting of career and job fairs to holding special sales and mission education events. The Chattanooga Mayor’s Office issued a proclamation that declares May 7 – May 13 as “Goodwill Industries Week.” Read More.

Experience Pays Off

Act now to get in on a federally-subsidized program that helps older Americans find work with the help of Chattanooga Goodwill Industries. The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) helps people 55 years and older freshen up their skills and gain work experience. The program is administered through Chattanooga Goodwill and serves residents of Hamilton, Bradley, McMinn, Rhea, Meigs or Polk counties.After about six months, SCSEP helps participants find a permanent job. For many nonprofits, SCSEP employees are a godsend, but take advantage of the program now! It is slated for elimination in President Donald Trump’s proposed 2017 budget.

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Community Treasure

Fourteen future physical therapists spent the better part of two days in March getting an inside look at what many consider a hidden gem in the area’s medical community resources.  Read More.

Challenges? So What!

Ashley Yarbrough agrees she has had challenges in her 29 years of life. Who hasn’t, she asks? And she wants to use her struggles to help others. “I want to be an inspiration and blessing to everyone who comes through the doors.” But difficulties caused by her mild cerebral palsy. Those she meets head on. Read More



Helping Hands

David Carroll is accustomed to helping others. As the HELPs Workshop Technician, it’s his job to replace wheels on wheelchairs, refurbish bath benches and more. In 2016 he helped more than 5000 people throughout 23 counties receive free medical equipment through Goodwill.  Read More

Tonia Gibson has worked at the East Ridge Goodwill store for only about three weeks. But for her, it’s been a big step toward healing and closure. In many ways, she believes her employment “was meant to be.”

A Passion, Not Just a Paycheck

Tonia Gibson has worked at the East Ridge Goodwill store for only about three weeks. But for her, it’s been a big step toward healing and closure. In many ways, she believes her employment “was meant to be.”  Read More

More Than a Thrift Store!

Beyond the familiar thrift store and its iconic ‘Smiling G’ logo, with its racks and shelves of gently-used items, is the “heartbeat” of Chattanooga Goodwill – where the mission of helping people with disabilities takes shape.

At 3500 Dodds Avenue in Chattanooga is the headquarters of the 94-year-old organization known as Chattanooga Goodwill Industries. It serves 23 counties in Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia and serves thousands of people every year with a variety of programs.

Goodwill Vice President of Mission Services Cyndee Sims recently shared an update of Goodwill with the Bradley County Interagency Council. Find out what’s new...

Goodwill Hosts ‘Reverse Job Fair’

Goodwill hosted a "reverse job fair," sponsored by the Chattanooga Area Employment Consortium on April 25. The event was organized by George Clark, Business Development Coordinator for Chattanooga Goodwill Industries, and Scott Kramer of the Center for Adult Autism, a...

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Mission: Goodwill HELPs

An empty 53-foot semi-tractor trailer pulled up to a Chattanooga Goodwill warehouse one day in late September. Within a couple of hours, the truck pulled away bound for Rochester, NY, and eventually to villages and towns in western Ukraine. The semi was filled to the...

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Simple Act = Lasting Kindness

Simple Act = Lasting Kindness

Paul Huff Goodwill Store employees were nearly brought to tears recently when they witnessed one of their customers step forward to help another customer pay for a formal dress for an upcoming school dance. Seems both customers were in line to pay for their purchases....

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Goodwill Opens First Catoosa County Store

Goodwill Opens First Catoosa County Store

Northwest Georgia residents now have a new thrift store: Goodwill of Fort Oglethorpe. "It is an area that Goodwill wanted to locate to for awhile," said store manager Melissa Lowe. "We had customers driving from Fort Oglethorpe to LaFayette or to Chattanooga stores....

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A Heart for Helping

A Heart for Helping

Annette Hendricks (shown on the left with Taryn Wilson) of Rossville, GA, retired in 2014 after working for many years in the federal court system, for the local phone company and at other paid endeavors. But it took her only about two weeks to realize she wasn’t...

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