Discover Goodwill's local history
Goodwill was formed in 1902 in Boston by Methodist Minister Rev. Edgar J. Helms to help the poor find employment. Rev. Helms collected used household goods and clothing in wealthier areas of the city, then trained and hired those who were poor to mend and repair the used goods. The goods were then resold or were given to the people who repaired them. Goodwill's philosophy to provide "a hand up, not a handout" was thus born, and our successful beginnings allowed people to earn paychecks rather than receive charity.
Goodwill San Antonio was founded in 1945 on the South Side of San Antonio. With a passion to help those less fortunate and an initial investment of only $5,000, Bill Sinkin and 4 local business leaders had the courage of conviction to start Goodwill San Antonio.
From this humble start, Goodwill has continued its mission to help change lives through the power of work. We have grown to serve the entire city and beyond, including the communities of Kerrville, New Braunfels, Seguin, Cibolo, Del Rio and Laredo. Each year, tens of thousands of people are assisted by Goodwill San Antonio.
Remembering Bill Sinkin
With a dream to end discrimination, a few business leaders and $5,000, Bill Sinkin had the courage of conviction to start Goodwill in San Antonio.
The idea was simple—collect used clothing, repair it and sell it.
This vision provided not only clothing at a price that was affordable to the city’s poor, but it also made work available for those most in need. From this humble start in 1945, Goodwill has continued its mission to help change lives through the power of work. Today, tens of thousands of individuals a year are assisted by Goodwill San Antonio. We all owe a debt of gratitude to Bill Sinkin for his vision and the legacy that is Goodwill.