The Mississippi Association of People Supporting Employment (APSE) named Goodwill Industries of Mississippi as the top private company employer of people with disabilities in the state of Mississippi.
“The statistics and stories speak for themselves. Goodwill has earned and deserves the APSE Award for Large Business of the Year. This drive to help people is guided by the heart of Dave Hollingsworth,” says APSE Board Member Vicki Burton.
Twenty-six percent of the Goodwill workforce has come to Goodwill through the state’s Vocational Rehabilitation department. In the past two years, 31 people with a disability have been hired to full-time positions at Goodwill and currently 31 vocational rehabilitation consumers are being trained and evaluated at Goodwill retail outlets.
“We are honored to receive this recognition. It is a direct result of our long and growing partnership with Vocational Rehabilitation, which began in 1958. We see lives change every day through the power of work and are inspired by our employees and clients who succeed because they were given a chance,” states David Hollingsworth, President and CEO of Goodwill of Mississippi.
Goodwill of Mississippi currently operates 7 retail stores, 7 donation centers, 2 outlet stores, an e-commerce department, a wiper department, a textile export operation and two warehouses within the central Mississippi region. Each of these facilities creates jobs for those with disabilities or other barriers to employment.
Goodwill of Mississippi is a not-for-profit organization with a mission of assisting people with disabilities and other barriers to obtain employment. The organization was founded in Jackson, Mississippi in 1957. Funding is primarily driven through recycling of community donations, which are sold at Goodwill retail outlets. Eighty-three cents of every dollar goes directly towards training, career services and employment.