GOODWILL CELEBRATES OPENING OF EASTSIDE CAREER CENTER
Mayor Taylor to speak on May 16 at Block Party for center offering job training, career prep at no cost
SAN ANTONIO (May 16, 2015) — To celebrate national “Goodwill Week”, Goodwill of San Antonio is pleased to announce the opening of its newest Good Careers Center, where Eastside residents now have access to job search and career services located at the Ella Austin Community Center at 1023 Pine Street. To celebrate the opening, Goodwill will host a community “Rock the Block” party on Saturday, May 16 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ella Austin Community Center. Free food, music, activities, prizes and information on career services will be available. Area residents, family and friends are welcome to attend this festivity.
Special dignitaries and guest speakers will include:
- Honorable Ivy Taylor, Mayor, City of San Antonio
- Marla Jackson, CEO, Goodwill Industries of San Antonio
Housed within the Eastside Promise Zone, a federal designation for revitalization, the Eastside Good Careers Center focuses on empowering residents with education and skills training needed to obtain jobs and build long-term, successful career paths.
- Career interest and aptitude assessments
- Resume-preparation assistance
- A portfolio of legal support services
- Pre-vocational training to develop skills for job preparedness, using Microsoft Office Suite software and financial literacy
- Literacy assistance
- Information on training and certification programs offered through Good Careers Academy
- Access to community resources through the Good Choices Portal
- Computer access to conduct job searches
The Eastside Good Careers Center is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“Goodwill is proud to be included in the Eastside community and we are excited to bring needed career support, training and services right into the heart of this neighborhood,” said Marla Jackson, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of San Antonio.
The Ella Austin Community Center was the first agency to offer comprehensive social services in the eastern sector of the city. Its services include early child development, parenting classes, youth and family services, Artists-in-the-Making, assistance to individuals and families in crisis, homebound meals, senior nutrition, senior activities, and volunteer income tax assistance programs.
About Goodwill Industries of San Antonio
Serving San Antonio since 1945, Goodwill San Antonio is a Section 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that helps change lives through the power of work. When you shop or donate at Goodwill, you are funding educational programs and services that assist people in finding better jobs and building careers in businesses throughout our local communities. Together with the support of our generous community, partners and employers, Goodwill provides employment, training, educational opportunities and related services to more than 50,000 individuals each year. In addition to operating 18 retail stores, more than 25 donation stations and 12 Good Careers Centers in San Antonio, New Braunfels, Seguin, Laredo and surrounding areas, Goodwill operates three Good Careers Academies and manages 17 contracts for services ranging from digital document management to grounds maintenance for the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Visit us at www.goodwillsa.org.