History of Goodwill Industries International
Goodwill was founded in 1902 in Boston by Rev. Edgar J. Helms, a Methodist minister and early social innovator. Helms collected used household goods and clothing in wealthier areas of the city, then trained and hired those who were poor to mend and repair the used goods. The goods were then resold or were given to the people who repaired them. The system worked, and the Goodwill philosophy of “a hand up, not a hand out” was born.
Dr. Helms’ vision set an early course for what today has become a $4 billion nonprofit organization. Helms described Goodwill Industries as an “industrial program as well as a social service enterprise…a provider of employment, training and rehabilitation for people of limited employability, and a source of temporary assistance for individuals whose resources were depleted.”
Times have changed, but Helms’ vision remains constant: “We have courage and are unafraid. With the prayerful cooperation of millions of our bag contributors and of our workers, we will press on till the curse of poverty and exploitation is banished from mankind.”
Goodwill’s network of 165 independent, community-based Goodwills in the United States and Canada offers customized training and services for individuals who want to find a job, pursue a credential or degree, and strengthen their finances. Each local Goodwill must be accredited, apply for membership and meet certain criteria established by Goodwill Industries International (GII).
Goodwill’s Network of Services:
Next Move is a powerful force in moving homeless individuals and adults with children to higher levels of self-sufficiency and self-reliance. Next Move serves over 12,000 people annually.
- Emergency Housing
- Permanent Housing
- Senior Housing
- Employment Training
- Income Stability
- Alcohol & Other Drugs Counseling
- Children’s Services
- Clothing & Household Items
- Francis House Center – For more than 45 years, Francis House Center has served as a beacon of light and hope to the most vulnerable. It is a place where people are treated with dignity as they arrive seeking help for some of the most basic needs. FHC provides the resources, support and inspiration to help individuals and families transform their lives from living in crisis to having long-term stability.
POP’s mission is to strengthen individuals, families and our community with particular emphasis on issues affecting low-income persons. POP serves 10,000 people annually.
- Clothing & Household Items
- Service Referrals
- Voicemail Communications Center
- Medication Funding
- Community Gardens
- Motel Vouchers
- Disaster Assistance
- Emergency Diapers
The mission of Community Link Capital Region is to be the best-in-class provider of coordinated information, referral and access to health & human service programs and services, needs data, and emergency/disaster volunteer services. 2-1-1 Sacramento and HandsOn Superior California who, together, provide information, engagement and impact to 115,000 individuals annually.
- 24-hour live referrals for employment/training, housing, financial assistance, children’s services, senior services, food programs, health care services and more
- Disaster & emergency services and relief
- Multiple languages and accessibility for people with disabilities
- Food & shelter
- Volunteer action center connecting volunteers to nonprofits
- Project management
- BusinessWorks program
Wind Youth Services Provides supportive services & opportunities to youth experiencing homelessness as they pursue self-determined lives of stability & independence.
Wind Youth Services (Wind) believes that promoting the safety, shelter and self-determination of all youth experiencing homelessness, including those who are unstably or unsafely housed – regardless of their ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, sobriety status, engagement in the sex trades, and legal history – is fundamental, not only to their human rights, but also to the promotion of a more socially just and equitable society.
Wind operates 3 adolescent shelters and a drop-in center for homeless teens.
Goodwill partners with 10 food banks throughout our territory and collects over 110,000 lbs. of food annually through our Donation Xpress locations.
- River City Food Bank
- Elk Grove Food Bank
- Placer County Food Bank
- Shasta Senior Nutrition Programs
- Food Bank of Yolo County
- El Dorado Food Bank
- Jesus Center (Chico)
- Northern Nevada Food Bank
- St. Matthew’s Church