Shirley was homeless and unemployed when she began taking the free classes offered at Goodwill’s training center at 5000 San Mateo Blvd in Albuquerque. Our program team helped her apply for one of our free programs called the Senior Community Service Employment Program or SCSEP. Within weeks, her Goodwill Case Manager connected Shirley with an employer and local housing resources. Seven months later, Shirley has a steady job and her apartment.
Shirley’s story is not unique. Every day, New Mexicans are helped by the same free services that have benefitted Shirley. Those free services — which include job placement, job training, skills building, and employment services — are funded by donations to Goodwill’s retail operations. For example, a pair of jeans, when donated to Goodwill, can fund more than an hour of job skills training at a local Goodwill training center.
Last year in New Mexico, 17,403 people accessed the Goodwill services they needed to succeed.
At Goodwill Industries of New Mexico, we hope that this holiday season, everyone will fight for job creation, purpose and opportunity. Each of us can make a real difference by giving a financial gift or donating our unwanted items to Goodwill. Every donation changes lives by creating opportunities for others who are trying to find a job and build skills, including veterans and military families, single mothers, and many others, including New Mexicans like Shirley.