May 2, 2019May is Mental Health Month
August 17, 2018Jennifer Olson and Ann Tate who are Goodwill~Redwood Empire Crisis Counselor’s with California Hope participated at the City Kids Back to School Event on August 11, 2018 at Julliard Park in Santa Rosa.
August 15, 2018SANTA ROSA, CA – The Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) will relocate its Santa Rosa-based Behavioral Health programs to a single campus that allows for multiple services and increased accessibility in the most populous area of the County.
July 25, 2018Santa Rosa Movie Night on the Square ~ sponsored by GIRE
July 24, 201810 California HOPE Crisis Counselors were on hand at Santa Rosa's Roxy Movie Theater last night for the World Premiere of "Urban Inferno: The Night Santa Rosa Burned."
July 23, 2018Trevor McCullough ~ Goodwill Napa Retail Store
July 12, 2018My true recovery path started when I went to San Quentin State Prison after being convicted of a DUI.
July 12, 2018On Monday July 9th, Erin Brokovich, Legal Clerk and Environmental Activist hosted an informational event on the front lawn of a home in Santa Rosa that was lost in the October Fire Disaster. Goodwill was represented by four of CA HOPE counselors who provided information about our free, confidential counseling program for anyone in Sonoma County that was affected by the fires.
July 1, 2018I was unemployed and not doing anything productive, living with my young daughter and boyfriend here in Santa Rosa when my worker from the county, Shawntel Reece, referred me to the Enhanced Subsidized Employment Program (ESE).
June 7, 2018I didn't know Goodwill did that!
June 1, 2018Through a $5 million grant from the Walmart Foundation, Goodwill is extending its Operation: GoodJobs initiative for an additional three years. Operation: GoodJobs, now in its fifth year, will continue to provide the tools and resources necessary to link veterans and military families with meaningful work so that they can gain the financial stability they deserve. The initiative also aims to work
April 17, 2018Déjà Blue Boutique thanks the staff at Good Eats Kitchen for doing a superb job catering our VIP pre-opening event.
April 13, 2018Store Grand Opening!
April 10, 2018An opportunity for Sonoma Valley Fire Survivors and other fire affected areas in the Sonoma Valley to connect with various agencies and get questions answered. Open for more information!
April 9, 2018Jon Celebrates 23 Years of Employment with Goodwill ~ Redwood Empire
March 29, 2018Hi, my name is Sean Bolan and I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new Program Manager of the Wellness and Advocacy Center and to tell you a little about how peer support has helped me. I entered peer support five years ago as an intern at Interlink Self-Help Center and began the group Let’s Talk About Mental Health. In August of the same year, I was hired as an E
March 23, 2018The level of understanding and compassion for the mentally ill at Goodwill is of amazingly high quality.
March 16, 2018The Red Cross and Goodwill have teamed up to help those affected by the California wildfires.
March 9, 2018Robert began working with Goodwill via the Day Reporting Center (DRC) in July of 2017.
February 15, 2018Nearly two years ago Beatrice Barsony joined the Behavioral Health Co-Op program provided by Goodwill. Beatrice had not worked in 10 years because she had been immobilized by low self-esteem and its many fallouts – inability to ask for help, feeling undeserving, unconcerned about personal appearance and lacking self-direction. In February 2016 Beatrice decided to look into Goodwill&rs
January 25, 2018An Employment and Training Success Story!
November 27, 2017A Celebration of Life for Mark will take place on at December 15th at 11:00 a.m. at The Center for Spiritual Living located at 2075 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa.
November 20, 2017The 2nd Annual Warehouse-Transportation-Outlet Employee Appreciation Dinner took place on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Erik Berg presented the following employees with a Certificate of Recognition for performing above and beyond the call of dutyon a daily basis! A delicious dinner was enjoyed by all! Clarence Williamson Tanya Schmid Darren
November 13, 2017Congratulations Jacob, for completing your Work Adjustment Training Program!
November 13, 2017I was homeless, and had just lost my job of 12 years, when I entered the SonomaWORKS Initial Job Search program at Goodwill...
November 3, 2017I was living at my father’s house when I was referred by SonomaWorks to attend a job search program at Goodwill.
November 3, 2017I was feeling worried and stressed and overwhelmed when I started Targeted Job Search at Goodwill.
November 2, 2017CNA to LVN!
September 27, 2017“Rochelle Costaglio, Vice President of Retail and JoAnn Cole, Director of Operations accepting our 2017 North Bay Business Journal 12th Annual Best Places to Work in the North Bay Award!”
September 25, 2017Goodwill Industries Redwood Empire September 25, 2017 Vol. 31, Number 21 Five-time winner of the North Bay Business Journal Best Places to Work Award Since 1974, nonprofit Goodwill Industries Redwood Empire has been helping thousands of people find and keep jobs, as well as address and overcome barriers to employment. “We’re known for our repurpose, reuse and
September 6, 2017As we celebrate Recovery Month at Interlink Please join us for a free screening of 1:00 Friday September 22 at Interlink Self-Help Center, 1033 4th Street, Santa Rosa Crazy…or wise? The traditional wisdom of indigenous cultures often contradicts modern views about a mental health crisis. Is it a ‘calling’ to grow or just a ‘broken brain’? The documentar
September 6, 2017** An Invitation to Mental Health Clients in Sonoma County ** Monthly Client Forum at Interlink Self-Help Center 2nd Annual Recovery Resource Fair! In its 28th year, National Recovery Month is held every September to increase awareness and celebrate the successes of those of us in recovery and to educate Americans about addiction treatment and mental health services. This year’s the
July 20, 2017Raymond Velasco heard about Goodwill’s Wellness and Advocacy Center from his caseworker in 2016. After three months of membership, Raymond decided to volunteer at Wellness and Advocacy Center’s front desk. After not working for a period, he wanted to refresh his skills, get back into the mood of working, and give back to the community that supported him. Over four months of regular
July 14, 2017Noah Keefe-Reitzell came to Goodwill as a referral to our Situational Assessment (SA) program in 2016 and as a result of what he achieved in assessment he moved on to participate in the Work Adjustment Training (WAT) program. During his time in the WAT program Noah was able to build his work readiness by cultivating new job skills and having the opportunity to work as part of team. Through his
May 24, 2017Melba Smith, Assistant Program Manager of Goodwill's Wellness and Advocacy Center, presented during the first annual Mental Health Conference at Community Baptist Church. Her remarkable presentation received a standing ovation.
May 22, 2017In 1966, Congress and President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, N.Y.,the “birthplace” of Memorial Day. There, a ceremony on May 5, 1866,honored local veterans who had fought in the Civil War. Businesses closedand residents flew flags at half-staff. Supporters of Waterloo’s claim sayearlier observances in other places were either informal, not communitywide, or one-time even
May 19, 2017Goodwill Hosts Triple P Consultation Group On May 16th 2017, Goodwill’s Employment and Training Division was privileged to host 28 attendees for their quarterly meeting of the Triple P Consultation Group. The discussion focused on the multiple successes and challenges practitioner’s face when providing Triple P Positive Parenting Solutions. Additional discussion included talking
May 15, 2017Community Baptist Church Collaborative is hosting their first annual African American Mental Health Conference AND YOU ARE INVITED! When:May 23, 2017 Time:6pm-8pm Where: Community Baptist Church 1620 Sonoma Ave, Santa Rosa, Ca, 95405 Speakers include Gigi Crowder, Dr. Josiah Rich and Melba Smith from Mental Health Friendly Communities Topics include - Stigma, Role of Faith Lea
May 15, 2017The Petaluma Peer Recovery Project celebrated "May is Mental Health Month" with a "Feast, Fun & Friends" event. The luncheon was well attended by PPRP members and Sonoma County Behavioral Health staff.
May 15, 2017On Saturday May 6th, Goodwill staff members participated in the Sonoma County Human Race to raise awareness of the programs and services offered by Goodwill Redwood Empire (GIRE). This year, GIRE's Behavioral Health programs were featured highlighting our message, "Not all disabilities are visible - innovative minds creating solutions." Great fun was had by all!
May 9, 2017Sonoma County Board of Supervisors presented a Gold Resolution to Behavioral Health providers in honor of May is Mental Health Month. Goodwill employees Sean Kelson- Interlink Self-Help Center, Kate Roberge- Consumer Relations Program, Eric Boehm- Peer Support Project, and Laurie Petta, BH Programs Director were on hand for the presentation.
May 4, 2017My Goodwill Story – Salena Ohlhausen I was living in Santa Rosa as a single mom, in desperate need of help. My world was crashing down around me—then I was referred by SonomaWORK to the Targeted Job Search program at Goodwill Industries ~ Redwood Empire. Not only did I find a job, but I found myself. I learned tools I’ve never thought would be part of a job search prog
May 1, 2017April 15, 2017 Dear Reyna: I have been trying all this week to get a note to you. I had thought to get it to you in my handwriting, but that is even difficult for me to read, at times. So that there will be as little confusion as possible, I have decided to type all of this out, hence the tardiness of the note. My apologies. I want to thank you so much for all that you have do
May 1, 2017Click here for a link tocalendar of May's Activities and Events!
April 21, 2017Wellness & Advocacy Center 14th Anniversary Birthday Bash! Food, fun & festivity ~ open public celebration from 4p-6p 3400 Chanate Rd., Santa Rosa
April 13, 2017Prepare for the Fair! May 10, 2017
February 28, 2017Goodwill Industries of the Redwood Empire (GIRE) provides SonomaWORKS participants the opportunity to gain work experience, improve skills and obtain employment. These programs also benefit employers by giving them an opportunity to build their businesses and incorporate new employees as we bring them together for our monthly Networking Breakfasts. At our February event, the energy in the room
February 24, 2017The employee recognition event took place on February 11, 2017 at the East West Cafe in Santa Rosa. A good time was had by all!
February 15, 2017A social action documentary about mental health.
February 7, 2017The Truth About Learning Disabilities According to a recent survey by the National Center for Learning Disabilities, more than four out of 10 people think that learning disabilities are correlated with a low IQ. The truth is most people with learning disabilities have average or above-average intelligence. A learning disability is not the same as an intellectual disability. Goodwill’s
February 6, 2017Amando Vasquez Amando lost his job and found himself in need of applying for cash aid. He was referred to Goodwill’s Enhanced Subsidized Employment Program as he was not having success gaining employment on his own. He had some skills but limited employment history and needed help navigating the job market. Amando reported that being unemployed was stressful and caused personal issues
February 6, 2017In February of 2016, Damoreah was referred to his first program at Goodwill—Redwood Empire by his SonomaWORKS counselor. Damoreah adapted quickly to the program and worked hard. He was then referred to the 6 month Transitional Work Program. During the first 3 weeks of the program, before he began work, Damoreah completed Customer Service Training Certificate from the National Retailers Feder
January 31, 2017My name is Rebecca Patton, and I currently work for Goodwill as a Production Associate at the Petaluma Goodwill store. I wanted to take the time to let you know how much participating in the Temporary Employment Program at Goodwill has changed my life for the better. Before I was referred to the Temporary Employment Program, I was living with my in-laws and relied on County Aid to help supp
December 30, 2016Congratulations Jacob!! Jacob Hocker, a young man with significant re-entrant barriers, began attending the Personalized Job Search Guidance workshops in mid-August of 2016. He was unable to rejoin his previous professional career due to his criminal background. After creating a resume which extracted much of his alternative skill set, by late October Jacob was able to obtain employment wit
December 30, 2016Christopher Craft began working in the Personalized Job Search Guidance Workshop in mid-August of 2016. He also attended the Job Search Strategies for Ex-Offenders workshop. He came to these classes with little work experience and significant re-entrant barriers. After working heavilywith the job developeron his interview skills, he was able to obtain a position with Home Depot as a Lot Attend
December 8, 2016The Peer Warmline Connection provides unique support for the community, addressing a need that might otherwise go unmet. People who find themselves feeling isolated on the weekends can call and talk to an understanding person. Perhaps one of the biggest impacts the Warmline has in the community can be seen with our repeat callers. We have a large number of regular callers who have made the Warmlin
December 2, 2016
November 17, 2016Chandra’s Story The Consumer Relations Program offers an extensive course in peer support specialist training. Graduates of the training are provided with internships that give them the opportunity to polish their new skills. Once their internships are completed, the graduates are assisted to find employment. The program’s goal is to train people with lived mental health experience
November 4, 2016Goodwill Redwood Empire participated in the "Out of the Darkness Walk", an annual event which is held every year in order to raise awareness about suicde and is sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
June 23, 2016Proud to announce our inaugural group of Presidents Club recipients for the first quarter of 2016! A new employee recognition program was offically launched for the Retail Managers this week. Managers meeting a number of criteria for success in their work environments were celebrated at aspecial luncheon held in thier honor at The Brasserie at Hyatt Vineyard Creek. The new program was the creat
February 11, 2016Crystal called to update us on her job. She just celebrated her one year anniversary with AVRS in Petaluma and wanted to share her success as she reached this milestone. Crystal expressed her appreciation and said she is in a much better place today, in many ways, not just with her job and income, but in life, thanks to the help and support she received from Goodwill. Crystal was referred to,
January 1, 2016JOIN OUR TEAM! We are looking for great team players with excellent customer service skills to join the Goodwill team! Current openings include: Cashiers:Provide excellent customer service including greeting and helping customers, operating cash registers according to cash handling procedures, maintain sales floor and inventory. Donation Processor - Retail:Provide excellent custome
December 15, 2015On Friday, December 4, Laurie Petta, Vice President of Workforce Development, was honored with the Sonoma County Spirit Award. The Spirit of Sonoma Award is held by the Sonoma County Economic Development Board and County of Sonoma. Now in its 15th year,the award honors those who contribute to the economic development and enhancement of the communities in which they live and work through donations
December 8, 2015Think Before You Donate—and Get the Facts About Internet Rumors! Goodwill® has a 112 year-plus track record in providing services meeting critical human needs in local communities in the U.S., Canada, and 13 other countries. Goodwill is a leading social services enterprise and consistently ranks among top charities that make your donations go further. Because we are widely known an
November 4, 2015The Enhanced Subsidized Employment (ESE) program offers opportunities for eligible clients to gain valuable employment skills and experiences that will lead to unsubsidized employment. Participants have the opportunity to determine what type of employment to search for, receive support and guidance, and have an increased chance to be placed in a position where they receive a paycheck due to the su
November 2, 2015On Wednesday, October 28, our very own Geoff Due was honored as an Outstanding Employee at the Mayor’s Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities Annual Awards Breakfast. Geoff’s inspirational story of his journey of recovery and growth through his membership and eventual employment at Interlink Self-Help Center moved the audience of nearly 200 community members. Geoff sta
October 5, 2015When Monica began the Intensive Job Search (IJS) program, she already had a resume and felt that taking this course was a waste of time. As she began to take the workshops, she learned she had more skills than she thought, discovered the best colors to wear, and the importance of making a great first impression. She participated in mock interviews and became less nervous speaking in front of an in
September 13, 2015Eric had just returned to Sonoma County and was having a difficult time finding a job. He didn’t feel good about himself and was worried about supporting his wife who was expecting their first child. He was referred to the Targeted Job Search program and received assistance from his Employment Services Specialist with completing his application, resume, and learned how to apply for jobs onli
September 4, 2015Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) Begins at Goodwill We are pleased to announce Goodwill ~ Redwood Empire will begin presenting Triple P Parenting Discussion Groups for SonomaWORKS participants! Triple P is a multi-level system of parenting and family support developed by Matthew Sanders and colleagues at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. The program aims to prevent sever
September 1, 2015The Garden Project at the Wellness and Advocacy Center began in 2007 when the Center opened. From the beginning the Garden Project has been part of the peer-run center’s vision of embracing a holistic approach to mental health. From the Garden’s inception in a tiny 10x20 plot of land, the Center has over a quarter acre of vegetables, fruits, flowers, and herbs flourishing on the ground
August 3, 2015The Enhanced Subsidized Employment (ESE) program can help secure employment for Goodwill job seekers while allowing local employers to grow their business. A portion of the gross wages paid to a new hire is subsidized, offsetting the cost of on-boarding and training new employees. Qualified applicants are eligible for a subsidy that will pay75% of gross wages for up to $10,000 or six months, which
July 28, 2015Goodwill ~ Redwood Empire is participating in the 2015 “Macy’s Shop for a Cause.” This unique, one-day-only shopping event at Macy's, supports local charities' fundraising efforts. Last year, $2,100 was raised to support local Goodwill employment programs. Customers who purchase the Shop For A Cause shopping pass for $5 will receive up to 30% off on most regular, sale
July 22, 2015Are you ready for back-to-school? Shop at Goodwill for school clothes that won't break the bank. You'll find clothing that fits your unique style and will help you start school off right. Besides clothes, Goodwill is a great place to look for school supplies, backpacks, and gifts for the teacher.Visit our store locations page to find a Goodwill store near you. Not sure when your school
July 1, 2015Goodwill ~ Redwood Empire is pleased to announce the election of the new Board of Director officers and members for 2015-2016. Our new officers are: Mark Walsh, Chair; Joshua Schultz, Vice Chair; Dennis Carrera, Secretary; Dave Foster, Treasurer.Joining the Board of Directors is Tim Smith who has the distinction of being the longest continuously serving supervisor for the County of Sonoma at his r
June 2, 2015The Community Service Volunteer Program activities are designed to provide participants with the work experience and skills training needed to become employed. These work opportunities provide participants with the job skills, understanding of workplace culture, and employer expectations required to be successful in finding and keeping a job. SUCCESS STORY Before Goodwill Stacie would stay hom
May 1, 2015Our SonomaWORKS Employment Program, Job Search Services, has two service delivery components, Intensive Job Search (IJS) and Targeted Job Search (TJS). The program assists participants in gaining the skills needed to obtain and retain employment. Some of the job search skills offered are resume creation, mock interviews, networking, and career planning. SUCCESS STORY Vicky was living with her
April 24, 2015Our SonomaWORKS Employment Program, Job Search Services, has two service delivery components, Intensive Job Search (IJS) and Targeted Job Search (TJS). The program assists participants in gaining the skills needed to obtain and retain employment. Some of the job search skills offered are resume creation, mock interviews, networking, andcareer planning. SUCCESS STORY For awhile Jackie felt good
April 1, 2015The Transitional Work Program (TWP) is an intensive, six-month program designed to help SonomaWORKS participants build work skills and experience through a combination of training and paid temporary work. With the goal of unsubsidized employment after six months, TWP provides employment readiness workshops at Goodwill and partner agencies while participants receive on-the-job training and experien
March 20, 2015A warmline is a confidential telephone support and connection for those wanting non-judgmental listening and assistance. A peer-run warmline means the trained volunteers who answer calls have personal recovery experience in living with mental health challenges. The Peer Warmline fills an important gap in mental health services, and exists so anyone who wants to talk, is feeling isolated or alone,
February 27, 2015The Mental Health Cooperative provides pre-employment readiness classes and employment services for participants with psychiatric disabilities with the goal of obtaining employment in the community or with Goodwill. Support services are in place to ensure success on the job and the “Co-Op” provides 90 days of job coaching and follow-along. Post-employment job coaching is also available
January 28, 2015Geoff Due, Cassie Barnett, and Jon Kindt were honored by Goodwill ~ Redwood Empire on Sunday, January 25 during the annual staff appreciation event for their exemplary work and commitment to the organization. Mr. Due was awarded 2014 Employee of the Year for going above and beyond his job duties to support members, staff, and the Goodwill mission. Dedication, leadership, commitment, and a positive
January 26, 2015By Suzie Rodriguez The Press Democrat To most people, Goodwill Redwood Empire is an organization that runs a collection of thrift shops, but to others it’s the charity that gave them a hand up when nobody else would, the one that changed their lives. Just ask Samantha de Roque. In February 2006, when her troubles began, de Roque had just turned 21 and was working as a waitress at S
December 15, 2014Goodwill® was once againonthe Forbes list of 20 Most Inspiring American Companies. As the only non-profit on the list, Goodwill was ranked 11th this year (last year Goodwill was ranked 19th). For more information, visit www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2014/12/08/americas-20-most-inspiring-companies/.
December 12, 2014Goodwill ~ Redwood Empireparticipated in the 2014 Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade on Saturday, December 6. There were tractors of various sizes driven in the 19th annual parade that had about 10,000 people in attendance. Goodwill's tractor was the largest one in the parade and had brightly wrapped presents. Read more at napavalleyregister.com/calistogan/news/local/calistoga-s-lighted-tractor-
December 2, 2014THE GOOD EATS KITCHEN Open since last year, the Good Eats Kitchen is a state-of-the-art training kitchen with a chef on staff to teach culinary skills that may lead to employment in the food industry. Every trainee has passed the CA Food Handlers Safety Course required by food industry employees, and earned a three year certificate. The training provides fundamentals and practical techniques with
November 9, 2014BY MATT BROWN,THE PRESS DEMOCRAT Megan Freeland faced a dilemma that confronts many teens: She needed to buy new clothes for job interviews, but without a job, she didn’t have enough money to buy the clothes. In a bind, she turned to Social Advocates for Youth, the Santa Rosa nonprofit where the 18-year-old has been receiving support. Through a unique partnership with Goodwill of the R
October 30, 2014Goodwill ~ Redwood Empire is expanding job and skills training with innovative technology, thanks to a $68,256 software grant from Microsoft. As a part of the GoodTech grant program, Goodwill ~ Redwood Empire will be updating 100 computers with Office 2010 and adding Visio 2013 to 24 work stations. The software will enable us to provide instruction in a current software application and improve the
October 15, 2014SUBSIDIZED EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM (SEP) Designed to assist employers with hiring costs during the initial training period of onboarding new employees, the Subsidized Employment Program provides a subsidy as an incentive to qualified employers. The employers receive 50% of gross wages for up to six months, or $5,000, whichever comes first! These subsidized employment opportunities have the expectati
September 18, 2014Goodwill ~ Redwood Empire and Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) have partnered together to better serve SAY children, youth, and families. Beginning this month, Goodwill ~ Redwood Empire will offer shopping vouchers redeemable for clothing, accessories, and other gently used items to SAY youth. Through the generosity of the community, SAY receives a number of donations of clothing, furniture, and o
August 26, 2014Miles was not yet 21-years-old when he participated in the Work Adjustment Training (WAT) program. Participants in WAT are given the opportunity to work in a competitive environment while learning new job skills, earning a paycheck, and gaining valuable on-the-job training. He hoped to gain confidence as he had never worked with the public or in a retail setting. His top two goals were building cu
August 11, 2014Job Search Services is a Goodwill program offered as part of our SonomaWORKS contract with the Sonoma County Human Services Department. The program assists participants in gaining the skills needed to obtain and retain employment by offering the opportunity for customized job search plans that meet each participants needs. Each four-week program offers resume creation, mock interviews, networking,
July 30, 2014Thank you for voting Goodwill stores as your top choice in the “Best Thrifting” category during the 2014 “Best of Sonoma County” awards by the Press Democrat! Our employees work hard to give you the best customer experience possible. We are proud and honored to receive this special recognition by you.
July 29, 2014Goodwill ~ Redwood Empire is participating in the 2014 “Macy’s Shop for a Cause.” This unique, one-day-only shopping event at Macy's, supports local charities' fundraising efforts. It has helped raise more than $44 million for charities across the country since 2006. Customers who purchase the Shop For A Cause shopping pass for $5 will receive up to 25% off on most sa
July 18, 2014Goodwill ~ Redwood Empire has purchased the 27,000 sq. ft. building at 476 Rohnert Park Expressway West, Rohnert Park with plans to relocate its Rohnert Park store. The new Goodwill location will occupy approximately 13,200 sq. ft., while the remaining portion of the building will continue to be leased by Goodwill to Big 5 Sporting Goods and NuDesigns. “We are very excited about this oppo
July 10, 2014Goodwill Employment Services Specialists (ESS)engage in a wide spectrum of activities to assistindividuals with significant barriers to employment to successfully find and retain a job.The ESS may provide services topeople whoare disadvantaged and/or disabled, or limited English speakers.Albert is one of our ESS who has been teaching inmates job skills for the past five months. He has been working
July 8, 2014Just in time for summer, Goodwill ~ Redwood Empire has added a large gently used book section in the Rohnert Park retail store located at 6592 Commerce Boulevard. Modeled after Goodwill’s expanded used book section at the Stony Point Road store in Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park’s store has more than 10,000 books for children and adults. The low cost of these second-hand books can help parent
June 30, 2014When Tetja was 18, she suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) when she was involved in a serious car crash. Over the years it took her to recover, Tetja continued her education, eventually graduating from the University of California at Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree. As she was working on a master’s program at San Francisco State University, she suffered another TBI when she was s
May 7, 2014Goodwill ~ Redwood Empire has opened a new retail training center and store in the Shiloh Shopping Center in Windsor (6450 Hembree Lane). A VIP Reception and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony are scheduled for Thursday, May 22. “Often Goodwill is viewed as just another thrift store. However, our stores are actually retail training centers supporting our mission to help people with barriers to emplo
March 19, 2014When Sonia arrived at Goodwill as a SonomaWORKS participant, she was sad and depressed because she could not find a job. Through the employment and training program, Sonia developed job search skills such as resume development, how to dress for an interview and a job, and how to communicate her skills and experience during an interview. Now that Sonia is working, she feels, “reborn,” a
March 11, 2014Goodwill ~ Redwood Empire will be opening two new retail training centers and stores by spring 2014. The first store, located in the Canyon Corners Shopping Center in American Canyon (110 W. American Canyon Road), opened on February 21. A grand opening celebration is scheduled for Thursday, April 3 through Sunday, April6 with customers receiving 20% off their purchase of $20 or more. The first 100
January 31, 2014For the seventh year, Goodwill ~ Redwood Empire is participating in the Earn It! Keep It! Save It! program, which offers free tax preparation to those who qualify. Our administration office in Santa Rosa (651 Yolanda Avenue) will be a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site on Saturdays during tax season.If your household income was less than $52,000 last year, one of our volunteers can help y
January 27, 2014Goodwill ~ Redwood Empire employee, Samantha de Roque, was recognized by Goodwill Industries International for her achievement in gaining employment after her struggles to maintain a job after numerous health issues. According to Ms. de Roque, "It has been almost a year now that I have been working at Goodwill ~ Redwood Empire, and my confidence has never been higher. I truly love coming t
December 23, 2013For the past 16 years, Girl Scouts in Sonoma County have joined together to complete a community service project aimed at bringing holiday joy to local children whose families are enrolled in a variety of employment programs. The girls decorate and/or hand-sew gender- and age-specific gift bags. The bags are filled with gifts purchased personally or with funds the girls have raised as a group.
December 18, 2013When Maria moved to Sonoma County with her daughters she didn’t know anyone. As the months passed and she couldn’t find a job she started to feel like something was wrong with her and questioned her abilities. After going through the Subsidized Employment Program at Goodwill, she was able to update her computer skills, learn budgeting, how to set goals and most importantly, gained her
December 9, 2013For the second year in a row, Goodwill® has been ranked by the NonProfit Times as the second largest nonprofit organization in the publication’s 25th annual in-depth survey of the country’s 100 largest charities. The report ranks nonprofits according to total revenue, in-kind contributions and sources of income such as government, investment, program service and public support.
November 15, 2013The winners of Goodwill ~ Redwood Empire's Halloween Costume Contest were announced earlier this week. The first place winner was Alyssa from Napa. She created an Attila the Hun costume complete with a dragon from finds for the Napa store. Michele won second place with her hunch back costume created from finds at the Stony Point Santa Rosa store and Nicole won third with her flying/driving sup
October 30, 2013Jon Kindt, a Goodwill ~ Redwood Empire employee for 18 years, was recognized by the Sonoma County Mayor's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities.
October 1, 2013Thrift store treasure hunters and bargain shoppers have another way to show off their unique Halloween costumes this year. Goodwill ~ Redwood Empire is holding a Halloween Costume Contest until October 31 through Facebook(www.facebook.com/goodwillredwoodempire). Here’s how it works: Shoppers are invited to use their imagination to create Halloween costumes from treasures found at any of t
July 1, 2013Last year more than nine million pounds of waste was kept out of our local landfills through donations to Goodwill ~ Redwood Empire. Many of the textiles, books, shoes, purses and belts that were still in good condition were resold in one of Goodwill’s 12 retail stores. As a way to further the commitment to being environmentally friendly, Goodwill ~ Redwood Empire will be eliminating plastic
May 8, 2013On Saturday, May 11, 2013, Goodwill Industries of the Redwood Empire (GIRE) is hosting a donation drive to benefit the fund established in the name of Constance Welch. Welch is the only survivor of the early Monday morning fire in Cloverdale that killed three of her family members, including Paula Baynes, a Goodwill staff member in Healdsburg. Material donations of gently used items will be accept
March 5, 2013Goodwill Industries of the Redwood Empire (GIRE) is partnering with the American Red Cross to help the children and adults affected by Monday’s fire at the Fircrest Apartment complex in Ukiah. Through Sunday, March 10, 2013, Goodwill’s Ukiah retail store (located at 1005 N. State Street) will be accepting material donations of gently used items to support the fire victims. The items co