Goodwill, Gainesville ISD, and Texas Workforce Solutions Vocational Rehabilitation Services are partnering to provide training to students in high school in the special education department. Goodwill has teachers and job coaches on the high school campus five days a week to provide training in money management, job seeking skills, dressing for success, disability disclosure, and other skills on how to maintain a job. This partnership is very beneficial for all the students involved and allows these students to live more productive lives while in school and after graduation. Goodwill contracts with TWS-VRS to provide Vocational Adjustment Training, Job Coaching, Job Placement, and Support Employment Services. Through this partnership individuals with disabilities and disadvantage can learn the skills need to live and work successfully.
Since July of 2017 United Way has provided grant funding to Goodwill to provide training to high school students in Grayson County. This training is for high school special education students. The training consists of employment related training as well as life skills training. This training assists in preparing students for the world of work after graduation. Goodwill contracts with WorkQuest to place individuals with disabilities and disadvantages into competitive employment. Goodwill currently has employees placed at Sherman DPS office, Health and Human Services in Mt. Vernon and Mt. Pleasant, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in Mt. Pleasant, Attorney Generals office in Texarkana.
For the past 2 years we have built a relationship with Blake Utter Ford through their Lincoln Drive to Give Campaign. It is not unusual to see Blake Utter himself not only promote the event but attend as well. Lincoln Drive to Give is a fundraising campaign for non-profits that Lincoln selects through an application process. They commit to having 4-6 of their fleet made available to anyone with a valid driver’s license test drive 1 to 3 of their cars. For every test drive, Lincoln gives $20 back to the selected non-profit. We trust our fleet of vehicles to Blake Utter for more than their maintenance and efficiency, we trust them because we feel valued by them.
In 2017 we partnered with Moncrief Cancer Institute. Each quarter they bring their mobilized unit to our store located on Texoma Parkway in Sherman. Moncrief offers a free service to screen women for breast cancer as well as ovarian cancer. Insurance is not an issue, this is a service offered for the benefit of awareness. If anything is detected, Moncrief works with the individual and their insurance if they have any, to help get the necessary resources and treatment required. We believe in non-profits working together for the benefit of the communities we serve.
The first Thursday of every month we are featured on K-Ten for a spot showcasing our donations. Thrifty Thursday is the spotlight time that enables us to share how donations turn into opportunities for individuals with disadvantages and disabilities. Our segment was at 5:50 AM, however, we have moved our time to the lunch hour, which enables us to have our success stories join us from time to time, as well as engage a wider audience.
In 2017 we became members of Sherman Downtown Now. Having them as a partner and to help us have a platform to share our Mission has been such a blessing. We feel the community engagement and appreciate all that Sherman Downtown Now offers to Goodwill Industries of Northeast Texas.