RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia celebrated it’s newly renovated Community Employment Center in Richmond.
The center located at 6301 Midlothian Turnpike hosted a ribbon cutting and open house on Wednesday morning.
Destiny Hunter, who completed Goodwill’s Transition to Independence and Employment Program (TIE) credits Goodwill with helping her get back on her feet.
Hunter spoke at the reception about her experience in the program. She said it allowed her to help herself and her daughter.
“If you would have told me this a couple of years ago, I wouldn’t have believed it,” Hunter said. “You know, the Goodwill has really done a lot for me.”
Hunter went from being jobless and homeless to now working at a homeless services organization.
“God doesn’t give you anything you can’t handle,” Hunter said. “And I’m still going through certain things today. But I just…I have an obligation now and I can’t stop.”
Hunter urges anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation to use the employment center to get back on track.
“I want to encourage anyone out there that has any doubt in their mind that they can accomplish any goals,” Hunter said.
The employment center is increasing its capacity to serve individuals who face challenges to work. The employment center wants to help those with limited opportunities.
In order to do that, Goodwill is expanding its workforce development training capacity by 25% and it’s employment services space by 30%.
The goal is to help the unemployed and the homeless obtain jobs.