Since 1923, Chattanooga Goodwill Industries has helped people with barriers get the training and support they need to find competitive employment in the community. Barriers might include mental, physical and emotional disabilities or other disadvantages such as a lack of education or a long absence from the working world. Goodwill provides job training and other resources people need to find and keep a job. Funding for job training services comes from the sale of donated items in Goodwill’s donated goods retail program retail; personal, corporate and state financial contributions; federal grants, and contract labor services that Goodwill provides to businesses and government. Chattanooga Goodwill is an autonomous 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is a member agency of Goodwill Industries International and United Way of Greater Chattanooga. Chattanooga Goodwill is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and serves 23 counties in Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia.
Maurice White has faced multiple barriers in his life, and now he wants everyone to know “there is a way out and you don’t have to stay in the struggle”. White, one of 20 older adults who recently completed basic computer training at Goodwill Industries of the Greater Chattanooga Area, is now on the path to a career helping others who have been incarcerated. Computer classes at Goodwill were made possible through a partnership with Tech Goes Home Chattanooga, the KenMat Foundation and the Center for Workforce Inclusion.