Gulfstream Goodwill Industries Inc.
1715 Tiffany Drive E
West Palm Beach, 33407
Utilizes revenue generated through the sale of donated goods to design and deliver vocational and training programs serving people with disabilities.
Gulfstream Goodwill Industries
Marvin Tanck, CEO
1715 E Tiffany Dr.
West Palm Beach, FL 33407
Web site: http://www.gulfstreamgoodwill.com/
Mission: To assist people with disabilities and other barriers to employment and to become self-sufficient, working members of our community.
Goodwill Industries in the U.S. operates thru approximately 170 autonomyous regional companies. Gulfstream Goodwill serves Palm Beach, Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Martin and Indian River Counties and owns all Goodwill retail stores in those counties.
The following story appeared in the Palm Beach Post.
New Goodwill store opens in suburban Boca
By Michelle Mundy
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Merry Delin has been waiting for a Goodwill store to come to suburban Boca Raton.
Now, her wait is over. A new 10,000-square-foot store opened recently at 11427 W. Palmetto Park Road. Delin was there with friend Carrie Gardener a few days after the opening.
"We love Goodwill," Delin said while browsing the new store. "I've gotten a lot of good things over the years."
After searching for a west location for more than a year, Gulfstream Goodwill Industries Inc. found a place in the shopping plaza across the street from Loggers Run Middle School. It cost $50,000 to open the store, which brought in $25,000 during opening weekend.
There are 22 Goodwill stores throughout Palm Beach County, including the new west Boca Raton store. One of them, an upscale boutique on Glades Road in Boca Raton, is closed for roof repairs. It could be closed for up to a month, Director of Marketing Cal Miller said.
The stores raise money for Goodwill, which provides education, training and career services to people on welfare, the homeless, the disabled, and people without an education or work experience.
About 9 percent of each store's profits go to administrative costs. "The rest goes back into programs," Miller said.
Last year, Goodwills throughout the country provided employment and training to more than 720,000 people, according to the organization's Web site.
Since its opening, manager Mike Fitzgerald said the store has had an average of 800 to 1,000 people a day visit the store. The dropoff site for donations of everything from furniture to housewares to clothing is inside the store.
It's the second store Fitzgerald has opened in the past few years. The first store was in Royal Palm Beach.
"The biggest challenge is staffing," he said. "It's a lot of long hours and work getting a store open."
There are 20 employees at the west Boca store. To get the store ready, employees helped paint, build dressing rooms and create fixtures to display items.
The store takes goods that aren't damaged or stained. It doesn't accept computers, large appliances and gas grills.
The furniture, microwaves, clothing and more brought people like Tricia Salisbury to the store. Salisbury was meandering through the aisles carrying her son Robbie, 2. She was taking a moment before picking up her 10-year-old daughter at the bus stop.
"It's good," she said about the new store. "I'm actually going to bring them some of my donations."
She also was eyeing an ornate, nearly new kitchen table with a glass top.
"I like the table," she said. "I just need to go home and measure to see if it fits and ask the husband."
For questions, call the store at (561) 488-7780. Store hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
PBC headquarters is at 1715 Tiffany Drive, WPB, exit I-95 at 45th St, go east past Congress, get in right lane, & quickly turn right on Tiffany, by PD.
Goodwill gets a new building
By Ivette M. Yee, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, September 18, 2006
West Palm Beach Gulfstream Goodwill is growing, and that means more help for people with disabilities, the homeless, at-risk young people and others who need it.
The nonprofit organization just purchased a new $3 million building next door to its headquarters, off 45th Street. Before year's end, Gulfstream Goodwill's staff of 60 will move into the new space, leaving their previous building entirely for programs, particularly rehabilitation and job placement services for the disabled.
Twenty percent of the county's population is disabled, according to county records.
"The number of people who need our services keeps growing," said Cal Miller, a spokesman for Gulfstream Goodwill, which serves a five-county area. "We really needed to expand, and office space is at a premium here."
According to Miller, 814 people sought help from the agency 10 years ago. In 2005, the number was 7,542.
Gulfstream Goodwill offers computer training, job skills and job placement for the disabled. Caseworkers are assigned to track each person's progress. And if someone is interested in becoming an air conditioning technician or a hairdresser, they find jobs and schools according to interests.
One warehouse-like room shows them how to work on an assembly line.
"I feel good. I can go anywhere now," said Ben Blackmon, 34, of West Palm Beach, who uses a wheelchair. He was born with disabilities that have left him paralyzed from the waist down and with limited use of his arms.
Blackmon has been with Gulfstream Goodwill for 10 years developing job skills. The organization hired him three years ago to deliver interoffice mail.
"Before, I didn't have a job and I was living with my mother and just hanging out on the streets with my friends," he said. "Now I have a job and money in my pocket."
The organization will also be able to expand its classroom space. During the week, staff members hold classes for disabled adults to show them how to live independently.
"There's a great need in this community for services for the disabled, but there's so little out there," said Shelley Gottsagen, executive director of the Coalition for Independent Living.
"Anything they're doing to increase options for people with disabilities is fantastic."
Ivette M. Yee can be reached at email@example.com or 561-243-6538.
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Serves Palm Beach, Okeechobee, Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties with a $28 million budget Headquarters is at 1715 E. Tiffany Drive, West Palm Beach
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