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2017

Mark Ihde - Celebration of Life

Mark Ihde - Celebration of Life Announcement

November 27, 2017

A 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. 
2nd Annual Warehouse-Transportation-Outlet Employee Appreciation Dinner

2nd Annual Warehouse-Transportation-Outlet Employee Appreciation Dinner

November 20, 2017

The 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
Congratulations Jacob!

Congratulations Jacob!

November 13, 2017

Congratulations Jacob, for completing your Work Adjustment Training Program!
Tamara McClatchey's Success Story

Tamara McClatchey's Success Story!

November 13, 2017

I was homeless, and had just lost my job of 12 years, when I entered the SonomaWORKS Initial Job Search program at Goodwill...
Jayne Nolan's Success Story!

Jayne Nolan's Success Story!

November 3, 2017

I was living at my father’s house when I was referred by SonomaWorks to attend a job search program at Goodwill.
Laura's Success Story!

Laura Hernandez's Success Story

November 3, 2017

I was feeling worried and stressed and overwhelmed when I started Targeted Job Search at Goodwill.
Krystal R Garcia ~ Enhanced Subsidized Employment Program (ESE)

Krystal Garcia's Success Story!

November 2, 2017

CNA to LVN!
2017 Best Places to Work ~ North Bay Business Journal Award

2017 Best Places to Work ~ North Bay Business Journal Award

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!”

Voted Best Place to Work 2017!

September 25, 2017

Goodwill 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
A Free Screening of Crazy Wise

Please join us for a free screening of CRAZY WISE

September 6, 2017

As 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
2nd Annual Recovery Resource Fair

Monthly Client Forum at Interlink Self-Help Center

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
Success Story: Raymond Velasco

Success Story: Raymond Velasco

July 20, 2017

Raymond 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
Success Story:  Noah Keefe-Reitzell

Success Story of Noah Keefe-Reitzell

July 14, 2017

Noah 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
Out of the Darkness to Become the Light - Mental Health Conference

Out of the Darkness to Become the Light - Mental Health Conference

May 24, 2017

Melba 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 29th Memorial Day

Memorial Day May 29, 2017

May 22, 2017

In 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

Goodwill Hosts Triple P Consultation Group

May 19, 2017

Goodwill 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

African American Mental Health Conference - May 23, 2017

May 15, 2017

Community 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
Petaluma Peer Recovery Project

May is Mental Health Matters Month Celebration

May 15, 2017

The 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.
Goodwill Redwood Empire Participated in the Sonoma County Human Race

Goodwill Redwood Empire Participated in the Sonoma County Human Race

May 15, 2017

On 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!
Sonoma County Board of Supervisors presented a Gold Resolution to behavioral health providers.

Sonoma County Board of Supervisors presented a Gold Resolution to behavioral health providers.

May 9, 2017

Sonoma 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.
My Goodwill Story – Salena Ohlhausen

My Goodwill Story - Salena Ohlhausen

May 4, 2017

My 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
Calvin Johnson's Success Story

Calvin Johnson's Success Story

May 1, 2017

April 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 is Mental Health Matters Month

May is Mental Health Matters Month

May 1, 2017

Click here for a link tocalendar of May's Activities and Events!

Wellness & Advocacy Center 14th Anniversary Birthday Bash!

April 21, 2017

Wellness & Advocacy Center 14th Anniversary Birthday Bash! Food, fun & festivity ~ open public celebration from 4p-6p 3400 Chanate Rd., Santa Rosa
Prepare for the Fair!

Prepare for the Fair!

April 13, 2017

Prepare for the Fair! May 10, 2017
The Goodwill Networking Breakfast

The Goodwill Networking Breakfast

February 28, 2017

Goodwill 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
CRP, Warm-Line & Wellness Staff Employee Recognition Event!

CRP, Warm-Line & Wellness Staff Employee Recognition Event!

February 24, 2017

The employee recognition event took place on February 11, 2017 at the East West Cafe in Santa Rosa. A good time was had by all!

Save the Date!

February 15, 2017

A social action documentary about mental health.

The Truth About Learning Disabilities

February 7, 2017

The 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
Armando Vasquez another Awesome Success Story!

Armando Vasquez - Success Story!

February 6, 2017

Amando 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

Damoreah Mitchell - Success Story!

February 6, 2017

In 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

Rebecca Patton - Success Story!

January 31, 2017

My 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

2016

SUCCESS STORY!   Jacob Hocker

SUCCESS STORY! Jacob Hocker

December 30, 2016

Congratulations 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
SUCCESS STORY!  Chris Craft

SUCCESS STORY! Chris Craft

December 30, 2016

Christopher 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

Peer Warmline Connection of Sonoma County, by Heather Jerde

December 8, 2016

The 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
Bye Bye Mattress!!!

Bye Bye Mattress!!!

December 2, 2016

Chandra's Story

November 17, 2016

Chandra’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
Out of the Darkness Walk

Out of the Darkness Walk

November 4, 2016

Goodwill 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.

Presidents Club Recipients

June 23, 2016

Proud 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
Goodwill Success Story

Goodwill Success Story

February 11, 2016

Crystal 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,
Goodwill Job Fairs

Goodwill Job Fairs

January 1, 2016

JOIN 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

2015

Laurie Petta Honored with Spirit of Sonoma Award

Laurie Petta Honored with Spirit of Sonoma Award

December 15, 2015

On 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
Think Before You Donate-and Get the Facts About Internet Rumors

Think Before You Donate-and Get the Facts About Internet Rumors

December 8, 2015

Think 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
Goodwill Success Story

Goodwill Success Story

November 4, 2015

The 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
Geoff Due Honored By Mayor's Comittee

Geoff Due Honored By Mayor's Comittee

November 2, 2015

On 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
Goodwill Success Story

Goodwill Success Story

October 5, 2015

When 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
Goodwill Success Story

Goodwill Success Story

September 13, 2015

Eric 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
Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) Begins at Goodwill

Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) Begins at Goodwill

September 4, 2015

Triple 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
Goodwill Success Story

Goodwill Success Story

September 1, 2015

The 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
Goodwill Success Story

Goodwill Success Story

August 3, 2015

The 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

Goodwill Participating in Macy's Shop for a Cause

July 28, 2015

Goodwill ~ 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

School Start Dates

July 22, 2015

Are 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

2015-2016 Board of Directors

July 1, 2015

Goodwill ~ 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
Goodwill Success Story

Goodwill Success Story

June 2, 2015

The 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
Goodwill Success Story

Goodwill Success Story

May 1, 2015

Our 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
Goodwill Success Story

Goodwill Success Story

April 24, 2015

Our 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
Goodwill Success Story

Goodwill Success Story

April 1, 2015

The 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
Goodwill Success Story

Goodwill Success Story

March 20, 2015

A 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,
Goodwill Success Story

Goodwill Success Story

February 27, 2015

The 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
Goodwill Staff Receive Special Recognition

Goodwill Staff Receive Special Recognition

January 28, 2015

Geoff 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
Sonoma Gives: Finding a path to a better life through Goodwill

Sonoma Gives: Finding a path to a better life through Goodwill

January 26, 2015

By 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

2014

Goodwill on Forbes 20 Most Inspiring American Companies List

Goodwill on Forbes 20 Most Inspiring American Companies List

December 15, 2014

Goodwill® 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/.
2014 Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade

2014 Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade

December 12, 2014

Goodwill ~ 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-
Goodwill Success Story

Goodwill Success Story

December 2, 2014

THE 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

Partnership between Goodwill, SAY helps teens find the right clothes

November 9, 2014

BY 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
Goodwill ~ Redwood Empire Receives $68,256 in Software to Help Upgrade Technology from Microsoft

Goodwill Receives Software Upgrade from Microsoft

October 30, 2014

Goodwill ~ 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
Goodwill Success Story

Goodwill Success Story

October 15, 2014

SUBSIDIZED 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

GIRE and SAY Create Unique Partnership

September 18, 2014

Goodwill ~ 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
Goodwill Success Story

Goodwill Success Story

August 26, 2014

Miles 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
Goodwill Success Story

Goodwill Success Story

August 11, 2014

Job 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,
Goodwill Chosen As

Goodwill Chosen As "Best Of" in PD Reader Poll

July 30, 2014

Thank 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.

Goodwill ~ Redwood Empire participating in Macy's Shop for a Cause

July 29, 2014

Goodwill ~ 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
Goodwill Purchases Rohnert Park Building for Store Relocation

Goodwill Purchases Rohnert Park Building for Store Relocation

July 18, 2014

Goodwill ~ 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
Albert's Story

Albert's Story

July 10, 2014

Goodwill 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

Goodwill Increases Used Book Selection in Rohnert Park

July 8, 2014

Just 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
Goodwill Success Story

Goodwill Success Story

June 30, 2014

When 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
Goodwill Opens Store in Windsor

Goodwill Opens Store in Windsor

May 7, 2014

Goodwill ~ 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
Goodwill Success Story

Goodwill Success Story

March 19, 2014

When 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

Goodwill to Open Two New Stores in 2014

March 11, 2014

Goodwill ~ 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
2014 Tax Preparation

2014 Tax Preparation

January 31, 2014

For 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
Goodwill Employee Recognized for Achievement

Goodwill Employee Recognized for Achievement

January 27, 2014

Goodwill ~ 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

2013

Girl Scouts and Goodwill Make the Holidays Brighter for Sonoma County Families

December 23, 2013

For 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.
Goodwill Success Story

Goodwill Success Story

December 18, 2013

When 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
Goodwill Ranks Second on the NonProfit Times’s Annual Top 100 Survey Again

Goodwill Ranks Second on the NonProfit Times’s Annual Top 100 Survey Again

December 9, 2013

For 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.

Halloween Costume Contest Winners

November 15, 2013

The 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

Goodwill Employee Recognized for Work

October 30, 2013

Jon Kindt, a Goodwill ~ Redwood Empire employee for 18 years, was recognized by the Sonoma County Mayor's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities.
Bargain Shoppers Have a Chance to Win During Goodwill’s Halloween Costume Photo Contest

Halloween Costume Contest

October 1, 2013

Thrift 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

Goodwill Eliminating Plastic Bags in Stores

July 1, 2013

Last 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

Goodwill of the Redwood Empire Hosting Donation Drive to Benefit Victim of Cloverdale Fire

May 8, 2013

On 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

Goodwill Industries of the Redwood Empire Helps Ukiah Fire Victims

March 5, 2013

Goodwill 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

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