Goodwill San Antonio

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Discover our Good Choices programs

Goodwill assists with a hand up not a hand out. Providing much needed wrap-around services such as Work Supports, Financial Strengthening, Career Progression, and Health and Wellness, Goodwill’s Good Choices programs instill confidence, address needs and focus on skills development that change lives.

Online Community Resource Portal

Through Good Choices, our free online resource portal, community members can access assistance for career, financial, health, and basic needs such as transportation, childcare, and housing. It’s one-stop shopping at its best.

Thanks to our 30+ nonprofit portal partners, members can refer themselves to programs of interest with the single click of a button and receive a follow-up call from the partner agency to learn more about its services and eligibility requirements. They can also obtain information about 90 other community agencies that provide resources for a range of needs.

If you are a nonprofit agency or business seeking accounts for the individuals you serve or employ, please contact us here.

At present, the following agencies partner with us to receive referrals through the portal:

San Antonio

  • AACOG
  • Alamo Colleges
  • CentroMed
  • Chrysalis Ministries
  • City of San Antonio
  • Consumer Credit Counseling
  • Service of Greater SA
  • Dress for Success
  • Family Service Association
  • Family Endeavors
  • Generation Federal Credit Union
  • Grace After Fire
  • Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio
  • Life Span Home Health
  • Presa Community
  • Project Mend
  • SAILS
  • San Antonio Water System
  • San Antonio Food Bank
  • The ClubHouse
  • University Health System
  • UT Health Science Center San Antonio

New Braunfels

  • Chrysalis Ministries
  • City of San Antonio
  • Consumer Credit Counseling
  • Service of Greater SA
  • CRRC
  • Family Promise of Greater New Braunfels, Inc.
  • Family Life Center
  • Life Span Home Health
  • Project Mend
  • River City Advocacy
  • SAILS
  • San Antonio Food Bank
  • The Salvation Army

Laredo

  • Habitat for Humanity Holding Institute
  • Life Span Home Health
  • Project Mend
  • South Texas Food Bank

In addition to the ability to make private, convenient referrals, the portal also offers these benefits:

  • Local job fair listings and information on affordable job training programs
  • Information on free and low-cost medical services
  • Free document storage for resumes, cover letters, and more
  • Guides with practical tips on how to:
    • Find your career, conduct a job search, and interview
    • Choose a career school and help pay for college
    • Buy your first car or home
    • Improve your personal finances, including credit
    • And much more

Good Choices accounts are free and available to any community member. To get your account today, visit a Good Careers Academy or Good Careers Center.

For a print-ready brochure on Good Choices, please click here.





Education IDA Program

To help community members advance their education and employment opportunities, Goodwill offers the American Dream Education IDA.

Through this program, qualifying participants save $1000 and receive $4000 in match to be used toward accredited degree- or certificate-programs in demand occupations. Funds can be used for tuition, books, supplies, and other allowable school-related expenses, made payable only to the student’s accredited institution of higher education.

To be eligible for the Education IDA, participants must:

  • Be enrolled or planning to enroll in an accredited certification or degree program in a demand occupation. For a list of demand occupations within our community, click here.
  • Live in Bexar County
  • Earn no more than 200% of Federal Poverty Level (e.g., $47,700 max for a family of 4)
  • Have a net worth that does not exceed $10,000
  • Complete financial classes (available online or in-person) as well as training on financial aid and other higher education basics
  • Save $1000 over a minimum of 6 months, making deposits of $42 or more each month into an IDA savings account until the $1000 goal is reached
  • Provide data and documentation as may be required to release match funds

Additional requirements may exist.

Goodwill believes that asset building is the single best way to eliminate poverty in the communities we serve. Whether you need to repair your credit, access low-cost or low-fee banking services through our partnership with generations federal credit union, or simply gain the knowledge and skills to become financially secure, we have the tools to help you and your family.

We offer other opportunities as well, including Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) services that prepare taxes for free, or a savings program that matches your $1 saved with up to $8. 

Want to learn more? Stop by any Good Careers Center, or call us at 210.924.8581 to locate the nearest Good Careers Center.

Need to save for that first home? How about savings for education? What about the American Dream of owning your own business? We can help you with all your dreams for the future.

  • Education Assistance

    If you qualify, we can offer $4 in matching savings for every $1 saved towards education expenses. This savings allows you to attend an accredited school/college/university and pay for tuition, fees, books and training-related items. Save a maximum of $250 on your own, and we'll match with a maximum of $750, for a total of $1,000! If you are interested in learning more about this program, contact us.

  • Homebuyer Assistance

    If you qualify, we can offer $4 in matching savings for every $1 saved towards first-time homebuyer expenses. Save a maximum of $1,000 on your own, and we'll match with a maximum of $4,000, for a total of $5,000! If you are interested in learning more about this program, contact us.

  • Help Starting a Business

    Goodwill has partnered with Accion Texas, a premier microloan lender in the community devoted to creating and sustaining small businesses. If you've always dreamed of having your own business, stop by to discuss your options today at Goodwill. Visit any Good Careers Center or contact us.

GCFLearnFree.org exists to create and provide quality, innovative online learning opportunities to anyone who wants to improve the technology, literacy and math skills necessary for them to be successful in both work and life. We believe there's freedom in the ability to learn what you want, when you want, regardless of your circumstances.

Click here to access free and relevant training!

Accion

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ACCION Texas is dedicated to microlending as a strategy to help Texans become self-reliant and help communities reach their potential. To learn more about Accion, visit their website at acciontexas.org.

Generations Federal Credit Union

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With a branch in a Goodwill (Bitters @ Hwy 281), this partner mitigates the impact of predatory lending on the people we serve. By providing value-add services and access to low-cost alternative banking products and services for the unbanked, they are committed to financial literacy and helping people to obtain assets and become financially independent.

This partner is a central cornerstone in the successful implementation of our Financial Strengthening Model.

Hours:

  • Bitters store branch:
    • Monday-Friday: 9 A.M. - 6 P.M.

The United Way

uwlogo smallDid you know that the United Way offers phone and web support for finding resources in your community? That's right, simply dial 2-1-1 for assistance, just like you would dial 4-1-1 for information. This free service to the community is also available online at www.211.org.

Goodwill Community Foundation

Need access to Microsoft training and other tools to help you in your job or life? Check out the Goodwill Community Foundation learning site devoted to free training.


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