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Mission Moment: Mission Services Team Visits Lucas Metropolitan Housing Property

By community, Goodwill News, Mission Services, Reentry Program, Workforce Development

Goodwill’s Mission Services Department visited Birmingham Terrace, a property owned and managed by Lucas Metropolitan Housing (LMH). The Mission team went at the invitation of LMH and The Zepf Center and conducted outreach and intake. Approximately 30 residents attended and listened to the presentation and a number of individuals signed up for the Goodwill Career Path Program, the Goodwill Reentry Program, the Stay the Course Program and the Good Tech Program. It was a great atmosphere and the team provided individualized, one-on-one services. Everyone left the venue with a positive attitude and the natural questions was, “When are you guys coming back? We need you here.” Way to go Mission Services Team! We did some good!

Reynolds Rd. Goodwill Store opened in Dec. 1990

By community, Goodwill News, News For You, Retail Stores

On Dec. 22nd 1990, the landmark Reynolds Rd. Goodwill store opened its doors for the very first time! Since that date, this store has been remodeled a handful of times. Goodwill Industries of NW Ohio’s President/CEO, Amy Wachob, started her career with Goodwill at this location in 1991. This was the first new concept location, which transformed Thrift Shopping in NW Ohio. The Reynolds Rd. location was designed intentionally to offer shoppers a modern and updated shopping experience.

2021 S. Reynolds Rd.

Toledo, OH 43614

2021 S. Reynolds Rd.

90 Days of Goodwill begins on Dec. 30, 2022

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90th Anniversary logo

Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio Celebrates 90 Years of Goodwill!
Nonprofit Kicks off 90 Years Celebration with 90 Days of Goodwill

Toledo, Ohio – December 30, 2022 – Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio will launch its 90 Days of Goodwill leading up to its 90th anniversary in Northwest Ohio! March 29, 1933 Goodwill began its mission of changing lives through the Power of Work in Toledo and throughout the Northwest Ohio region.

Through its social media outlets, Goodwill will tell its story from its inception in 1933 to its impact in today’s environment. Daily postings will be made beginning December 30, 2022 on our blog found on our website (, Facebook page (@GoodwillNOW), and Instagram (@GoodwillNOW).

Throughout 2023, Goodwill will host many activities to mark its 90 years of service. These activities will include a Customer Appreciation Day, Workforce Development Community Resource Fairs, People Served Highlights, Team Member Recognition, and our reach throughout our 13 counties.

“It is hard to believe that we are gearing up to celebrate our 90th year of serving the community through the Power of Work,” said Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio President and CEO Amy Wachob. “90 years of transforming lives and communities by offering premier workforce development programs to those who need a hand up, is definitely something to celebrate.”

“While we’ve been a part of Northwest Ohio communities for nine decades, we want people to understand that through community support, partnerships, shoppers, and donors we are able to provide our valuable mission,” said Wachob. “This 90th anniversary year is an opportunity to explain to people: When you donate to or shop at Goodwill, you are helping to eliminating workplace barriers and provide opportunity for those in our community who have obstacles to overcome to successful employment.”
Throughout 2022, Goodwill served over 8,500 individuals with job readiness and workforce development programs. To learn more about the positive impact Goodwill has made in Northwest Ohio communities, visit

About Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that has been helping change lives through the power of work since 1933. When you donate to or shop at Goodwill, you are funding education, training and services to prepare people to find better jobs and build careers in diverse companies throughout the communities we serve. Together with the support of our generous community, partners and employers, Goodwill provides employment and related services to thousands of individuals in the region each year. Revenues generated through Goodwill’s network of retail stores, donation stations and commercial contract services help support this vital mission of service.

Pass It On Challenge Scholarships were given to local High Schools on Nov. 17th

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On Thursday, Nov. 17th 13abc hosted a reception at their studio for Goodwill to hand out scholarship checks to the 20 local High Schools that participated in the 2022 season of Pass It On Challenge.

This partnership with 13abc started in 2013. In those 9 years, a total of 1,243,260 pounds of donations have been collected! That equates to approximately 3,500 hours of job training services. This year, local schools collected 163,260 lbs.

The total dollar amount of scholarships given out since the inception of Pass It on Challenge is $47,250!

Follow this link to watch highlights from this year;

Pictured above:
Tim Kralovic; VP of Donated Goods/Retail
James Starks; 13abc News Anchor
Amy Wachob; President/CEO of Goodwill Industries of NW Ohio

Mission Moment: Meet Terrell

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Congratulations, Terrell, on your steadfast tenacity in accomplishing the task. Terrell first learned about Goodwill from Ohio Link, where he was a resident as a returning citizen. He was on the path to reentering to society from incarceration. The process was not easy.  He knew that he had many barriers that needed to be resolved in order to seek employment, which is why he initially came to Goodwill.

The initial thing that Terrell did was to connect with the Stay the Course Program. This program assisted him with paying his reinstatement fees in order to obtain his driver’s license. While he was getting that barrier removed, Terrell became familiar with the other programs that Goodwill’s Mission Services Department had to offer. The Stay the Course team introduced Terrell to Tisha Carroll, program manager of the Career Path program, where he was able to get his birth certificate and social security card and received referrals outside agencies to obtain housing and other wrap around services. Terrell then learned that Goodwill had a connection to the building trades (through the I75 Project), where he could pursue his main employment goal of skilled trade construction labor.

Terrell obtained his driver’s license and received training, through Goodwill’s collaboration with the Carpenter’s Union training facility in Rossford, Ohio.  The training led to his employment at Spieker Construction, working on the Goodwill Warehouse construction project.  Once he obtained the job at Spieker, Goodwill assisted Terrell with getting his work clothing, work boots and tools.  This reflects a full circle event. Furthermore, transportation was a barrier to going to different construction sites, so Terrell applied to the Tool Belt/Good Rides program for a vehicle to get him back and forth to work. This removed a barrier and allows Terrell to accept jobs around Northwest Ohio. Once again, great job, Terrell.  Well done.

Mission Moment: Meet Andrew

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Andrew came to us from Ohio Link and has been working with us since May of 2021. As a result, he was able to obtain meaningful employment, however upon his release from the halfway house he faced new barriers when it came to getting his driver’s license.

With assistance from Goodwill and Andrew’s continued patience he was able to obtain his driver’s license. Now, Andrew is enrolling in the carpentry program! Great job Andrew!!