Veterans At Risk Due To COVID-19’s Devastating Economic Impact Are Finding Free Help To Recover At Goodwill.
New Mexico Veterans and their families can find FREE HELP to recover from housing and economic hardship at Goodwill. Goodwill’s free services are broad but include independent housing, covering past due rent or utilities, and job placement support to secure the veteran a great job. The process is swift. All of this usually takes place within hours to days of the qualified veteran’s approved application for assistance.
This comprehensive level of assistance is not new to Goodwill. It’s part of the many free social service programs available to all New Mexicans since 1941. Marketing Manager, Pamela Russom, says, “we have nine free programs and services. Three of which cater specifically to veterans. Our dedicated teams consist of caseworkers with master-level degrees and backgrounds in the military. We know exactly how to help a veteran get back on their feet, and we have the resources to make it happen fast. Last year we served over 1800 New Mexico veterans.”
If you know a veteran or are a veteran in need, please call Goodwill’s corporate office at (505)881-6401 between the hours of 8am and 5pm, Monday through Friday. Veterans can also go online and submit their application for services here.
We are open and ready to serve you! As of May 16th, our stores reopened, except for Gallup and Farmington, which remain closed through June 1st to comply with our Governor's Executive Order. Keep in mind; all stores will have temporary hours of operation until further notice, so please visit: goodwillnm.org/store-locations before shopping. Also, be aware that shoppers must observe social distancing, wear a mask while in the stores, and clean their hands before shopping. For the safety of everyone, please stay home if you are sick.
What are we doing to protect you?
We are following the CDC's guidelines on social distancing, and our staff is wearing masks. Greeters are posted at each entrance, maintaining our capacity limits. We sanitize the shopping carts after use, the stores at 2-hour intervals, and deep-clean nightly. Additionally, safety signage is posted at all entrances with directions for shoppers.
We've received numerous questions about the cleanliness of donated items. The items in our store are deemed safe. No evidence has been presented that COVID-19 can spread through proximity to general household items. However, as a precaution measure, donations remain under warehouse quarantine for a minimum of 72 hours, and in most cases, much longer.
We are doing everything we can to make sure you have a safe and happy shopping experience and are glad to welcome you back!