Goodwill of Central Iowa is committed to providing jobs and job training opportunities for people facing barriers to employment. Our mission is to change lives of Central Iowans with barriers to employment by helping them earn and keep jobs through workforce training in our businesses and your communities.
Goodwill of Central Iowa employs people from all different backgrounds, who face all different types of barriers to employment. Part of our mission is to provide people with jobs so they can support themselves and their families, while supplying them the training and assistance needed to succeed. Read some stories about how our mission is alive, more than ever, within our own walls:
We offer 2 skills training programs that combine paid hands-on and classroom training. Participants utilize Goodwill facilities to focus on industry-specific skills and competencies. Industry-recognized certifications are available through each training program. Programming is 30 shifts and runs 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday – Friday, based on individual schedules.
Support Leads to Success
A person’s journey doesn’t end when they get a job. We are committed to supporting individuals to ensure their long-term success. At this stage, an individual may be enrolled in Supported Employment, which provides assistance to adults with a diagnosed disability and/ or mental illness to help them obtain and maintain employment in the community.
In addition to job training, we also have structured daily programming for adults with a diagnosed physical and/or intellectual disability. Day Services participants have the opportunity to develop and maximize independence in areas of self-care, socialization, communication, education, and life skills. This interactive classroom in Johnston and the south side of Des Moines provides a place for participants to meet and interact with peers and integrate into the community.