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How We Help

Chris WalkerGoodwill Industries of Southwest Florida's Mission is to provide programs and services for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. In 2018 Goodwill SWFL served more than 28,000 people.  These programs are supported primarily through the resale of donated goods in our stores.

Did you know? 90 cents of every dollar supports our Goodwill Mission!



What is a "barrier to employment?"

A barrier to employment is any disadvantage which prevents individuals from gaining or maintaining employment. These barriers can include (but are not limited to) a lack of education, age, physical or mental disabilities, lack of computer access, language barriers, and economic constraints.


How do we help people in Southwest Florida?

Goodwill provides numerous programs and services in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades Counties to help people become more independent and self-sufficient.

These programs include educational initiatives, like the Able Trust High School HighTech. We offer job readiness training through our Job-Link Centers and the Pathways to Work supported employment program. We provide small business training through the Goodwill SWFL MicroEnterprise Institute. Goodwill operates 16 income-subsidized disability-accessible housing complexes. Goodwill helps people get employment training and certifications, and provides community outreach services.  Plus, adults with disabilities gain opportunities to become more independent through Pathways to Opportunity (an adult day training program) and Trailways Camps (a residential camping experience). 


Approximately 90% of the revenue we generate in our stores supports these programs!


October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month!

The 2018 NDEAM theme is "America's Workforce: Empowering All."

Although Goodwill Industries was featured in Back to the Futures famous Courthouse Square scene, below are 5 facts Marty McFly nor Doc Brown predicted for October 2018:

1. Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida would serve over 28,000 clients.

2. Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida would have participated in Job Shadow day at area businesses.

3. Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida Pathway's to Work Employment Consultants would place 23 consumers with a disability into competitive employment.

4. Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida's Job-Link Coordinators would assist 700 individuals with barriers to employment find competitive employments.

5. Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida would have 55 participants enrolled in Pathways to Opportunity to help prepare for independence, gain knowledge of competitive employment and learn life skills.


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