Dr. Edgar J. Helms founded the first Goodwill in the south end of Boston in 1902. Trained as a Methodist minister, Helms was determined to help his poor immigrant parishioners provide for themselves and their families. His innovative idea was to collect used household goods and clothing in the wealthier areas of the city, train those without jobs to mend and repair them, and resell or give the improved goods to the people who worked on them. From this vision, the Goodwill philosophy of a hand up, not a handout came to life and the Goodwill Movement began to spread to other towns and cities.
Whether you are looking for your first job or your first job in a long time, Goodwill is a great place to start your search. Accessing job listings, developing a network of working friends, putting together a strong resume, developing interview skills, building confidence to sell yourself, Goodwill can help job seekers tackle these challenges one by one.
It starts with a trip to our Comprehensive Access Point (CAP) Job Center at 1500 Mission Street, San Francisco, where you can review job boards, use a computer to look for work, attend classes and workshops, receive career counseling, and join a supportive club of fellow searchers. The service is free and available to any job seeker regardless of previous experience or place in society.
The Goodwill Employer Engagement team works with employers to understand staffing needs, training requirements, and workforce goals and match them with qualified candidates ready to work. The team offers many of the same services as a commercial staffing agency at no cost to the employer.
Contact UsSF Goodwill
1500 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103