Area Business Tour: Discover Goodwill

This month’s group event meant touring a very well-respected local non-profit in our community, Discover Goodwill. There is much more than what meets the eye at their corporate headquarters, and our group found it fascinating to get a behind-the-scenes tour.

Discover Goodwill offers more than their retail stores and donation centers. In fact, they have 26 unique programs that serve people with intellectual challenges, the elderly, and people who are economically disadvantaged. During our time at Discover Goodwill, we had the opportunity to explore two of those programs: Voyages and Possibilities.

Possibilities is a 14,000 square feet “Town Hall” complete with a credit union, marketplace, apartment, “spa,” gym, and courtyard. The program is built for people with intellectual disabilities. Throughout the day, participants have activities in various part of the Town Hall though which they learn new skills and get valuable social interaction. They even have an elected Mayor and hold City Council meetings during which they get to choose an activity of their own!

Voyages is an adult day center for elderly people, many of whom have a traumatic brain injury or other mental incapacitation. Here, they are cared for and also given the opportunity to have activities and social interaction.

Because our group was so large, we split up over two days – Thursday, January 26 and Friday, January 27. Our distinguished set of panelists included:

Thursday, January 26

  • Bonnie Martinez, VP Marketing & Communications (Welcome and Tour)
  • Lorrie Molli, VP Ops & Sales
  • Michele Gorr, CFO
  • Jeanne Conder, VP Foundation
  • Gary Smith, VP Human Resources & Organizational Development

Friday, January 27

  • Bonnie Martinez, VP Marketing & Communications (Welcome)
  • Karla Grazier, President/CEO
  • Lorrie Molli, VP Ops & Sales
  • Michele Gorr, CFO
  • Joe Cunningham, Director Contract Operations & Business Development
  • Gary Smith, VP Human Resources & Organizational Development

Here are a few pictures from our tour. Thank you to Cindy Cartwright for helping us coordinate these tours! We are greatly impressed and thankful for all that Discover Goodwill is going to benefit our community.

 

 

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