Labels that could potentially deter an employer from hiring someone including “deaf, autistic, single mother, drop-out, English as a second language,” have not stopped this year’s Goodwill (GSC) Hope, Jobs & Futures’ honorees from achieving personal and professional success. “These are people who don’t take no or even maybe for an answer and we are really looking forward to sharing their inspiring stories,” said GSC Event Manager Lorgia Orozco.
Helping people with disabilities or other vocational challenges find is what GSC does everyday. Honoring those who take that help and go on to truly transform their lives through the power of work, happens only once a year. GSC is hosting their 13thannual Hope, Jobs & Futures event to 1:00 pm at the .
“Hope, Jobs & Futures recognizes outstanding achievers, and program graduates who have overcome extreme adversity to create a more independent and fruitful future for themselves and their families,” said Doug Barr, GSC CEO and President. “Goodwill is proud to offer a hand-up to people in need, but what some people are able to achieve with that boost is nothing less than astounding, and deserves to be honored.”
The event also acknowledges several of GSC’s business partners. These organizations have advanced the Goodwill mission either by contracting secure shredding, e-waste and document destruction services that directly employ individuals with disabilities, or through their financial support of programs, advocacy, and hiring Goodwill trainees and program graduates. Honorees in this category include Kaiser Permanente, Superior Grocers and Wells Fargo. Volunteers and benefactors who have supported GSC through significant contributions of time and resources will be recognized as well.
About Goodwill Southern California
Transforming lives through the power of work. We serve people with disabilities or other vocational challenges, as well as businesses, by providing education, training, work experience and job placement services.
In 2010, GSC served 92,353 including individuals with disabilities and vocational disadvantages and 5,581 businesses. We placed 7,490 people in new jobs through programs and services offered at three campuses and 24 job service centers throughout Los Angeles (north of Rosecrans Ave.), Riverside and San Bernardino counties. GSC supports its mission of “Transforming lives through the Power of Work” with proceeds generated from 67 retail stores and 42 attended donation centers. , an independent charity evaluator has awarded GSC its highest four-star ranking for 10 consecutive years; largely due to the fact GSC spends 92 percent of its budget on programs and services. Committed to caring for the earth, last year GSC diverted 25.4 million pounds of electronics, paper, and textiles from landfills. Goodwill is Good For Everyone!
For more information about Goodwill Southern Califronia, please call (888) 4-GOODWILL or visit www.goodwillsocal.org.