However, Kristel Fryman, workforce development manager for Pulaski's Goodwill center, said there's a lot more to the organization that just decent clothing at a decent price.
"Many people don't know about all the things we do," she
said that all a lot of folks know about Goodwill is that it's the place where they drop off their used clothing for charitable purposes.
"We also work with area employers to help people find jobs," said Fryman
.Goodwill will also coordinate with workers and employers in order to help the worker maintain the new employment, if necessary. Goodwill often conducts vocational rehabilitation programs and will help folks with various disabilities find work, whether at the Goodwill outlet or some other venue. Professionals, such as Fryman
, also conduct vocational evaluation, which can include assessments of a person's interests and abilities and aptitude testing.Workforce development personnel can then utilize the information gained to help in the matching-up process, bringing employers and workers together. Another facet of Goodwill of which some people are unaware is the shopping opportunities, said Fryman
.Folks from all walks of life frequent the store to pick out reasonably-priced clothing.From ladies looking for various items, to outdoor workers looking for work clothes, to businessmen looking for suit-coats and blazers, the store has something for everyone, she
noted one particular group of people who frequent Goodwill for clothing is teenagers.She
often observes teens in the store looking for "retro" items and affordable up-to-date clothing. Goodwill Industries
in an international organization which got its start back in 1902 when Rev. Edgar J. Helms began going from door-to-door in Boston asking for donations of used clothing and household items. Helms might of taken seriously the old saying, "If you give a person a fish, they'll eat for a day, but if you teach a person to fish, they'll eat for the rest of their lives." Then as now, Goodwill
is about providing folks the opportunity to earn for themselves.Fryman
said that the old slogan, the spirit of which still applies today, was "Not charity, but a chance." Fryman
continues to partner with communities in a variety of ways.A recent example, she
said, was a partnership with Somerset Housing Authority on a project.