Thanksgiving is a perfect time of year to count your blessings and acknowledge what or whom you are thankful for this seaon.
MERS Goodwill is thankful for YOU!
Without all of those who support Goodwill with contributions/donations to our 44 retail stores, we would not be able to live out our mission: “Changing lives through the power of work.” Your donations are essential to the numerous services Goodwill provides the St. Louis area. Here are just a few ways MERS Goodwill supports your local community:
In 2015 MERS Goodwill helped over 26,500 people find employment throughout the St. Louis community. Through the many employment programs offered by Goodwill, individuals are assisted with job readiness training, interviewing skills, writing a resume and other necessities for finding a job.
These workers, who have learned valuable skills through Goodwill training programs, earned in total over $342,546,647 in 2015. As a result of those who gained employment with the assistance of Goodwill, the St. Louis area saw an income tax impact of $75,848,294.
The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a federally funded program administered by MERS Goodwill in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Jefferson County, and Franklin County. It is authorized by Title V of the Older Americans Act of 1965 to provide subsidized, part-time, community service work-based training. It is designed for low-income persons age 55 or older that need help finding a job.
Veterans are referred to MERS Goodwill through the Veterans Administration-Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E). Services provided to veterans include: Evaluation and Career Counseling offered at all Career Centers, Placement Services offered at all Career Centers and Skills Training Programs.
MERS Goodwill’s Autism Employment Program helps individuals on the Autism Spectrum prepare for the world of work through one-on-one support, group workshops/social skills groups, community volunteering, placement services and continued job support. Services offered at the Lippman Center assist individuals in building a program designed around strengths to allow for success at work.
We are also thankful for the many workers who put so much effort into running the stores and donation centers. The smiling faces of the Goodwill employees are the first impression for many.
Additionally, thank you to all of those who run the many programs and services MERS Goodwill has to offer. Without their dedication to the community, we would not be able to assist individuals into the workforce and to a better life.