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Goodwill Begins Phase II of $7 Million Investment in Workforce Development in Hampton Roads to Double Its Capacity to Serve Job-Seekers

By Danielle Cronin on Jul 11, 2016

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June 20, 2016 (Hampton, Va.) – Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia will begin Phase II of its
$7 million investment in Hampton Roads with the renovation and expansion of its Community Employment Center in Hampton this summer. When completed in January 2017, the Center will more than double Goodwill’s capacity to serve job-seekers, particularly those who have challenges to securing employment.

Proposed_Elevation_6.9.2014Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones and other local officials will lead Goodwill’s “Demolition Day” ceremony on July 29 at the Center at 1911 Saville Row at 10:00 a.m. The general public is welcome to attend.

The expanded Community Employment Center is one of six in Goodwill’s network which, collectively, serve more than 20,000 individuals annually, free of charge. Goodwill estimates that within a few years of operation, the Saville Row facility will serve more than 5,600 individuals each year.

The 117,000 square-foot facility—formerly a Target store–also houses Thomas Nelson Community College’s Center for Building and Construction Trades, which provides 12-week programs that certify individuals in HVAC, electrical and plumbing trades. The facility also encompasses Goodwill retail, computer and outlet stores.

“Goodwill’s employment programs and services fill a critical gap in our community’s workforce, directly contributing to the economic growth and prosperity of the region,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. “On behalf of the Governors’ office, I commend Goodwill for its work and congratulate the organization for achieving this milestone.”

Services Goodwill provides include career counseling and assessments, job search resources, use of computers, phones and fax machines, and workshops on hiring and interviewing.  Goodwill also provides vital connections between job-seekers, hiring employers and partnering agencies to ensure that necessary supports such as transportation are in place for successful, long-term employment.

The renovation will include meeting space for Goodwill’s collaborative partnerships with government, business and service providers, and will add office space for Goodwill’s regional staff.

Funding for Phase I was through tax-exempt bonds; funding for Phase II includes funding from philanthropic supporters and Goodwill.

Event Information: Contact Danielle Cronin.

About Goodwill: As part of the nation’s largest non-profit community workforce organization, Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia serves more than 20,000 individuals annually in 39 cities and counties. Guided by the belief that work is the foundation for empowered individuals, stable families, and prosperous communities, Goodwill’s mission is to help people help themselves through the power of work. Goodwill sells donated goods through 34 retail stores and reinvests the revenue in programs that prepare and support individuals who face barriers to employment. It also relies on contract services and philanthropic gifts to support its mission. To learn more, visit goodwillvirginia.org.

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