New Store Also Serves as Training Site for 40 Individuals with Disabilities Each Year
Portsmouth, Va. (March 3, 2017)–Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia (GCCVA) will offer a new and improved experience for shoppers and donors as it closes its store at 3110 High St. on Saturday, March 4 at 6 p.m. and opens a new store and donation center at 3225 High St. on March 9 at 9 a.m.
Grand opening festivities include giveaways and doors prizes for shoppers on March 9 and 10.
Goodwill has operated a store, donation processing center and an on-the-job training program for individuals with disabilities at its High Street and Airline Boulevard location since 2009.
“Over the last eight years, the Portsmouth community has shown loyal support to Goodwill’s social enterprise and our mission to help individuals with challenges to employment,” said Bill Carlson, chief operating officer of CCVA. “This brand new store is a stone’s throw from the old one and offers shoppers an ever-changing inventory of gently used goods priced well below those of new goods.”
GCCVA will continue to employ 21 individuals at the new store and operate a Work Adjustment Training program for individuals with disabilities. In this program, GCCVA employs and provides training and support for small cohorts of individuals with disabilities throughout the year, putting them on the path to employment with Goodwill or other community employers.
Amenities and features of the new Goodwill store include:
• • A brighter sales floor with an improved layout and expanded housewares.
• • Knowledgeable sales staff, dressing rooms, a return policy and a frequent donor discount shopping program.
• • At least 1,800 new items of merchandise every day.
• • A more convenient drive-thru donation drop-off.
About GCCVA: As part of the nation’s largest non-profit community workforce organization, GCCVA serves nearly 20,000 individuals annually throughout 39 cities and counties. Established in Richmond in 1923, Goodwill is guided by the belief that work is the foundation for empowered individuals, stable families, and prosperous communities. Goodwill sells donated goods through 31 retail stores, two outlets and two electronic stores and reinvests the revenue in programs that prepare and support individuals who face challenges to employment. Auctions, contract services and philanthropic gifts also help to support its mission. To learn more about shopping, donating or employing individuals with challenges through Goodwill, visit www.goodwillvirginia.org.
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