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A Report to the Community | Summer 2016 10,000 unemployed people this year. His vision in launching the REACH Center partnership to serve at-risk young adults, and adding 10 new career paths over the years, will forever have an impact on those with disabilities and disadvantages in the region,” said Hayes. Keynote speaker Wes Moore, a New York Times best-selling author and youth advocate, mesmerized the crowd with valuable lessons he learned about creating lives that matter. His ability to inspire received high praise from luncheon attendees, capping the event as the best ever for Goodwill.
GOODWILL CONSIDERING FIVE MARKETS FOR NEW “SMALL BOX” RETAIL FORMAT DreamMaker Andrea Evans and scholarship recipient Ivan Rosas-Torres
To continue to increase retail sales in support of job training programs, Goodwill unveils its new “small box” retail store format June 16 in Graham. The 6,596 square foot store at 224th Street East and Meridian is the first of up to five being considered to serve smaller communities.
165 SCHOLARSHIPS FUNDED AT GOODWILL’S 2016 READY TO WORK LUNCHEON Goodwill President and CEO Terry Hayes revealed new directions for Goodwill at the organization’s annual Ready to Work Luncheon on May 3rd. Acknowledging the shortfall of support for youth, single moms, and adults lacking technical skills Hayes announced “the next round of reinventing Goodwill”. She discussed enhancements to job training services thanks to investments by the W.K. Kellog Foundation and the United Way of Pierce County. She also mentioned expansion of education/job training into rural areas and a four-year store renovation effort to drive millenial and new customer business. The advances in mission and retail support were heard by 535 community leaders and business professionals who provided $247,500 for regional job training scholarships. Richard Corak, Senior VP of Workforce Development, retiring after 36 years of service in both Tacoma and Sacramento, was recognized at the event.
Locations will feature the new Goodwill store design launched in late 2015 at Union Gap. Stores will offer inventory for the female shopper, in addition to junior’s, children’s and select men’s apparel, with purses, shoes and other items forming the accessory line. Housewares, small appliances, linens, home décor, art, furniture and a selection of toys will round out the shopping experience.
“Thanks to Richard’s leadership, we have grown from serving 950 people in 1992 to
ROSALEE RONCO AMONG FIRST 30 IN WOMEN2WORK PROGRAM Rosalee Ronco, single mother of three, is on her way to self-sufficiency through Women2Work, a new Goodwill program funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. She is among the first 30 single mothers to enter this program that helps distressed families achieve economic security and stability, and provides other education and counsel to aid in child development. “I am a single mom with three kids,” said Rosalee. “Without a stable income, I didn’t know what we were going to do. I knew I needed something, I didn’t know what was going to happen to my family”.
GOODWILL EXTENDS TAX SEASON THROUGH OCTOBER
PILOT FOR ONLINE JOB TRAINING AND CAREER COUNSELING UNDERWAY
Taxpayer needs prompted Goodwill, Pierce County Asset Building Coalition and funding partner KeyBank to announce an extension of free tax filing services for many filers.
Part of Goodwill’s expansion of job training and career counseling into rural areas is the testing of online education. Currently the unemployed in Lewis County have access to the Online and Upward program, a work from home initiative to build skills for a variety of today’s careers. The program is run out of our Longview training center under close watch to determine if online services are the right fit for those we serve. While online programs could extend our service reach, the format requires high student discipline and limits interaction with instructors and counselors.
The free tax service center at Milgard Work Opportunity Center in Tacoma remains open on Tuesdays through October 18 for singles or households making less than $62,000/year.
The extended tax season is to serve people who recently learned that unclaimed Earned Income Tax Credits and other credits can be claimed from two prior years. Others are filing when they hear that refunds from tax credits can far exceed their withholding. And some applied for extensions in April and now need to file.
Online and Upward offers free curriculum and training based on an individual’s interests and career goals. Courses relating to a variety of careers are personalized to individual needs to teach new skills or enhance current ability. A career counselor monitors student progress throughout the self-paced training, and class instructors are able to follow and assist as necessary. To date 285 students have used the service for a first job, new career or that next career progression.
Goodwill’s free service allows more people to take advantage of tax credits such as EITC, child tax credits, and credits for the elderly or disabled.
NEW TRAINING AND FINANCIAL FITNESS THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS Thanks to support from our business and foundation partners in early 2016, new training in hazmat careers, family asset building and additional training in warehouse and transportation is underway.
Women2Work is providing Ms. Ronco with wraparound services including family-strengthening life skills, computer and office job training, an internship and eventual employment with the aim – within four months of training completion – of attaining a job that grosses at least 200% of the federal poverty level.
A $91,000 EPA Brownfields and Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training grant, and partnerships with the City of Tacoma and Clover Park Technical College will provide living wage hazmat career training for up to 66 job seekers (18+) from August through next summer. There are 141 hazardous sites in the City of Tacoma and 54 more in Pierce County in need of, or in the process of cleanup.
In June, Rosalee will complete a two-week internship then use W2W resources to get that first job. “It’s been amazing, this has opened my eyes to so much. I think the biggest difference is that there is finally hope for me and my family,” said Rosalee.
Thanks to a $75,000 grant from United Way of Pierce County, Goodwill job training programs in Tacoma will feature, starting this summer, new post-graduation coaching in financial literacy and asset building for youth, adults, seniors and their families. The program will build on earlier financial education (Key Bank below) to help our graduates during the most crucial and relevant time – as they become employed and begin to earn and manage an income. The effort is part of United Way’s strategy to move people out of poverty through the development and improvement of Centers for Strong Families.
YOUTHBUILD STUDENTS BUILDING A HOME AND THEIR OWN LIVES Fourteen students from Goodwill’s YouthBuild construction training program are learning life skills as they build a three bedroom, single family home in Spanaway. Partnerships with Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity, the Homeownership Center of Tacoma and the YouthBuild U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration are providing low income young people ages 17-24 job skills in the construction trade as they work toward their High School GED.
Key Bank renews their support for Goodwill’s financial education course with a $30,000 contribution for 2016. Goodwill’s free financial education course in money management is designed to build personal financial stability and independence. Topics include banking basics, budgeting, debt management, and investing. Small classes ensure a supportive environment where you can gain smart money management skills. Goodwill’s Warehouse Transportation and Logistics training received another $10,000 for 2016 thanks to Real Networks – now in their third year of support. The funding will give 150 in Tacoma, Longview and Yakima a path to livable wage employment through entry and mid-level jobs.
More than construction training, YouthBuild focuses on partnering with young adults to help them transform their own lives. Through construction, classroom and AmeriCorps community service training, youth earn a chance for change. The program also includes construction certifications, financial incentives, $1,468 towards post education/training, and leadership development in a safe family-style environment.
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A MESSAGE FROM THE CEO Giving Grads the Gift of a Career
Summer marks the beginning of a new journey for the high school Class of 2016 – that next step towards a better quality of life. While the class of ’16 has more and better-paying job opportunities than earlier classes, the Economic Policy Institute notes today’s graduates still face job market conditions that are worse than in 2007, the year before our last recession. Our Tacoma high school class of 2016 faces an unemployment rate among their peers of 18%, and an underemployment rate of nearly 34%.
The REACH Center is also fighting the rising cost of higher education by providing greater access to affordable college opportunities for both in-school and out-of-school youth. REACH is building college tours and financial aid advising into their GED classroom experience. By providing these services and greater levels of one-on-one support, the REACH Center’s GED program is graduating 150% more people on a monthly basis than in prior years. Our next challenge is to parlay this success into college and job retention.
I wanted to let you know about the great work our partner the REACH Center is doing to help young adults succeed in the face of this crisis. REACH is placing 200 incoming public school juniors and seniors into paid six-week summer internships through the City’s Summer Jobs 253 program. Students receive critical professional development and life skills training and the opportunity to earn high school and college credits. Access to the 50 employers participating in the program also builds
Due to poor timing and no fault of their own, the class of 2016 will face an upward climb. The challenges of our youth will also be the challenges of Goodwill and REACH. We must invest in our youth…they are our future. Thank you for your support!
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