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Goodwill Industries of South Florida Inc

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Goodwill Industries of South Florida is a non-profit organization dedicated to training, employing and placing people with disabilities and special needs in community jobs in order to transition to independence.

Reverend Edgar J. Helms, a Methodist minister in Boston's South End, founded Goodwill Industries in 1902. Inspired by compassion for the poor, sick, people with disabilities and immigrants, Helms was determined to improve their quality of life. He shouldered a burlap sack and went door-to-door to wealthier families of the city asking for unwanted clothing, shoes and household goods to distribute among those in need. Shortly after, he changed his approach. Helms hired the needy to repair and sell the donated goods at a storefront while using the activity to provide them with training, work skills and help them find jobs. He used the proceeds from the sales to pay wages to the needy and support the program mission. This marked the creation of the system that today remains intact at 178 Goodwill Industries in America - that last year served over 544,765 people, and placed 103,765 people in jobs.

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Goodwill to Open First "SuperStore" in South Dade

You may have heard or read about the new Goodwill "SuperStores" that have been popping up around Miami-Dade County - those bigger and more attractive stores that compete with the traditional off-price retailers in quality merchandise and store design. Well, Goodwill Industries of South Florida has announced that South Dade residents will soon get a Goodwill SuperStore of their very own soon.


To be the leader in providing services to those with disabilities who want to work, but face barriers to employment. To train and place them in jobs they can perform successfully and retain.

Our Strength Lies In:

Shared Vision - unifying our Human Services with our business operation.

Entrepreneurial Focus - innovative approaches to creating jobs for an expanding client base.

Leadership Focus - efficient use of resources, conducting the agency's business in a straight-forward, goal-directed manner.

Quality And Excellence - hallmarks of all of the organization's work programs and services.

Ethical Conduct - enhance the moral values and dignity of both clients and staff.