Louisville’s Goodwill Extends Adult Education and Job Counseling Services

by Devin Katayama on November 17, 2011

A Louisville Goodwill is extending its services and space after has raising $1.3 million the past year.

Chase bank capped off the campaign with a $200,000 grant announced Thursday, to renovate its 909 East Broadway building and offer more to those in need.

The expansion has the potential to help hundreds of individuals through the organization’s adult education and job counseling services over the next several years, said David Cobb, vice president of the Goodwill Industries of Kentucky.

“This building is a part of our growth over that period of time and its going to make a major difference in us to be able to serve not only people in our neighborhood down here in East Broadway, but in the city as a whole. It’s a really important location and something that will help us serve more and more Kentuckians,” said Cobb.

The building serves as the region’s hub and renovating the interior will help provide space for clients and employees. The building also operates the retail store that sells donated items. With the funds it plans on extended its recycling program to make it easier for Goodwill to process items that may otherwise go to landfill, said Cobb.

Since 1990, over 2,000 individuals have been placed into jobs and many of the clients are disabled or disadvantaged, he said.

“In terms of our educational component, in terms of our adult learning center we anticipate being able to increase our size by 33 percent and that will enable us to increase by hundreds of people the amount of people we can serve each year through the learning center,” Cobb said.

Construction is expected to begin next year and it’s likely the extended services will begin next fall, he said.

All services will be sustained by further grants and donations.

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