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Goodwill Industries of the Valleys Inc.


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About Us

Mission, Vision & Purpose

Mission: Empowering individuals. Strengthening families. Inspiring communities.
Vision: Eliminating Poverty
Purpose: Through the work of Goodwill, people will have the opportunity to achieve their greatest potential.

Goodwill Industries of the Valleys is one of more than 150 independent, community-based Goodwills in the United States and Canada. The Goodwill we know today was created in January 2000 through the merger of four organizations with similar missions. All the organizations were committed to serving people in need. The organizations were the New River Valley Workshop, Developmental Center of Franklin County, ARC, and Goodwill Industries Tinker Mountain. Goodwill is now better able to meet the needs of the individual communities throughout the?service area.

Goodwill Industries of the Valleys was founded on October 10, 1931, in Roanoke, Virginia, and formed from the old Union Mission. Goodwill. Mr. S.L. Thomas was the first superintendent, and he oversaw 20-30 people operating a paper plant generating about $10,000 a year. Goodwill had a cabinet and shoe shop, store, mission hall, and 32 rooms for the homeless in the three-story brick building on Norfolk Avenue. The Roanoke program is one of 89 Goodwills, and it was the 64th program organized according to records dating back to 1935.

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