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Mission Moment: Owens Community College GED Program comes back to Goodwill

By Goodwill News, News For You, Workforce Development

Goodwill is pleased to announce that the GED Program returned to the Goodwill downtown office in September 2021.  Goodwill has been without the program for a number of years and has recognized that it is an important wrap around service in job training and job development.  Weona Williams, GED Program Director for Owens Community College has worked with Charles Gibbon of the JCC and David Takats, Chief Mission Officer to bring the program back to downtown Toledo.  With the program added back to the list of Goodwill offered services, it provides a foundational curriculum to give participants an established credential and accomplishment.  Furthermore, now that Goodwill has other wrap around services, any costs for tests or transcripts will be absorbed by Goodwill.  The classes started on September 28th.  If you have any questions, please contact the Goodwill Job Connection Center (JCC) at 419.255.0070.

Job Connection Center Staff Member: Meet Tisha

By Goodwill News, Job Openings, News For You, Workforce Development

Tisha Carroll’s mission has been to help individuals actualize potential paths, once deemed impossible, by way of instruction, volunteerism, and advocacy.  As a new member of Goodwill’s Job Connection Center staff, Tisha is still able to fulfill her mission by being a source of hope and support for a population of individuals that may face barriers to employment.  As a former financial coach with the Financial Opportunity Centers, Tisha has developed financial strategies that have produced positive outcomes by building relationships and delivering effective counseling practices.  Tisha is very excited to help create success for those visiting the Job Connection Centers.

Mission Moment: Focus on Goodwill’s Workforce Development Team-Stay the Course

By Goodwill News, Grants, News For You, Reentry Program, Workforce Development

The Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ) recently gave the 2020 Community Reentry Award to Willie Knighten. NABCJ states that “This award is given to a person or group who works tirelessly in the community to bring about justice for all. They work with persons who are recently released from incarceration and are struggling with their reentry. They show an unwavering commitment to helping others regardless of the cost.”

Willie has been a Reentry Navigator with Goodwill since 2016. In that time, he has worked with countless returning citizens to help guide them through the process of getting their license reinstated, obtaining industry-recognized credentials, and securing gainful employment. He has definitely displayed “an unwavering commitment” and is most deserving of this prestigious award. Congratulations, Willie!

Mission Moment: Meet Ty

By Goodwill News, News For You, Success Stories, Testimonials, Workforce Development


Tyrone (Ty) has been involved with Mission Services since January. His mother, Demetria, The Spaghetti Warehouse, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, and Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio’s Workforce Development, came together to support Tyrone in his quest for his first  part-time job. First, Ty completed a community based assessment at The Spaghetti Warehouse. This allowed him to identify and develop on-the-job skills.

After completing Goodwill’s employment skills training, resume development, and interview skills training, the pandemic hit. For a while, things ground to a halt in Ty’s chosen field of food service and restaurant work. However, Ty’s persistence resulted in his being hired by The Spaghetti Warehouse as a porter and dishwasher. In his time as a restaurant team member, Ty has made great strides in the world of community employment. Restaurant general manager, Chad Swint, and his Goodwill Job Developer, Bernie Filipski, report that Ty is doing great on the job! He really looks forward to receiving a paycheck every other week! This is truly “The Power of Work”!

Great American Clean Up Clothes Collection

By Goodwill News, News For You

Join us Friday, October 23rd,2020 in conjunction with Keep Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful, Inc. in the Franklin Park Mall parking lot!  Recycling is not just plastic and aluminum, clothing can be recycled too!  Goodwill will have a trailer in the mall parking lot to collect your clothing donations. Typically we celebrate the Great American Clean Up in May, this year it was postponed until Oct 23rd.  Clean out your closets and bring your items to the Franklin Park Mall parking lot near Old Navy and Dave & Busters entrance.