Goodwill’s Gary Campus Project Kicks Off

Goodwill’s Gary Campus Project Kicks Off

Goodwill Industries will be starting off its Gary Campus project at the Corner of West Ridge and Clark Roads next week with a groundbreaking celebration.

The eight-million-dollar construction project will bring 100 jobs to the region and nearly nine million dollars in annual economic impact to the community.  Goodwill’s 105,000 square foot Gary Campus will feature their first Outlet Store, with most items sold by the pound, and a Donation Drive-Thru.  It will also include The Excel Center, a free high school for adults 18 and over, as well as a Community Career Center, offering free job search assistance for anyone seeking employment.

The Outlet Store will replace Goodwill’s existing Gary Clearance Store and will offer customers an opportunity to shop for items that didn’t sell in their traditional retail locations.  Purchasing by the pound allows for even greater savings and creates an exciting shopping experience.  And those who have items to donate will enjoy the convenience of an Attended Donation Drive-Thru.

“The Gary Campus is an example of Goodwill’s continued commitment to bring services to The Region for those seeking employment.  As we welcome customers into our new Outlet Store and donors at our Drive-Thru Donation Center, we will be good stewards of their trust in us and the resources they provide, by reinvesting them back into the community,” comments Debie Coble, President and CEO.

There are more than 51,000 adults in Lake County who are without a high school diploma.  The Excel Center offers each student an opportunity for greater success as well as workforce development for surrounding communities.  Graduates receive a Core 40 Diploma and college credits or industry certification.  They are better prepared to be productive employees and enhance the companies that hire them.

The Community Career Center is a free self-help facility for anyone who would like to learn more about how to find a job – those who are employed, under-employed or un-employed.  Individuals can drop in to work on their resumes, write cover letters and hone their interview skills.  It is not necessary to be enrolled in a government program to use the services provided.  There will also be workshops available at no charge, taught by Goodwill experts and corporate partners.

Goodwill’s other initiates in The Region include Gary for Life, to reduce group violence in partnership with the City of Gary, and their Nurse Family Partnership Program pairing registered nurses with over 180 first time low-income mothers.

Goodwill’s Mission is to strengthen communities by empowering individuals and families through Education, Training and Job Placement.  Last year they assisted over 6,400 people with job search and training services.

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