STARBUCKS, GOODWILL SAN ANTONIO HONOR VETS WITH TREVINO MURAL
Public artwork part of unique partnership's commitment to honor veterans, helping them to transition to civilian workforce with dedicated store, career counseling services
SAN ANTONIO (Nov. 13, 2015) – Today Starbucks and Goodwill San Antonio celebrated Veterans Day by unveiling a mural by acclaimed artist Jesse Treviño, a veteran who painted the mural to honor the men and women who have served in the United States military.
Commissioned by Starbucks last year, the public artwork is displayed at the Starbucks Military Community Store located at 8227 State Hwy 151 in the Westover Hills area.
“This inspiring work of art has been anxiously anticipated,” said Gail Ribalta, senior vice president of marketing at Goodwill San Antonio. “Mr. Treviño’s artwork reminds all of us to honor our veterans for their service and sacrifice, and to remember that they are an integral part of our community family. We are thankful and proud that a portion of the purchases at this Starbucks location helps veterans to transition to the civilian workforce through the Goodwill Veterans outreach programs.”
A Vietnam War veteran, Treviño has spent his life honoring the city he loves through the creation of breathtaking images that reflect the culture and people of his native San Antonio. His murals can be found on hospitals, parks and other public and private locations across the Alamo City, such as on the Goodwill San Antonio headquarters at 406 W. Commerce Street.
The San Antonio Starbucks Military Community Store employs seven partners (employees) who are military spouses, active duty reservists or veterans. Ten cents of every transaction supports Goodwill San Antonio’s Veterans Resource and Career Center.
The nearly 2-year partnership between Starbucks and Goodwill is part of Starbucks military hiring initiative to employ at least 10,000 veterans and military spouses nationwide by the end of 2018. Starbucks has hired more than 5,500 veterans and military spouses to date, surpassing the halfway mark in its commitment.
To further assist veterans, Goodwill San Antonio in 2014 opened the Veterans Resource & Career Center at the Goodwill store on Loop 1604 and Bulverde Road. Through support from Starbucks and other community partners, the center has had a significant community economic impact:
- 5,545 veterans and their family members received job training and support services.
- 361 veterans and their family members placed in competitive jobs.
- 53 veterans and family members received credentials and certifications.
- $9.5 million community economic impact from placement of veterans and family members in diverse, competitive jobs annually.
Goodwill also employs more than 100 veterans, 81 of whom are service-disabled, through its award-winning Contract Services Division, which includes a contract to digitize medical records for both the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army.
Visit www.goodwillsa.org to learn how customers can support veterans and their families through the Goodwill-Starbucks partnership and other programs.
About Goodwill Industries of San Antonio
Serving San Antonio since 1945, Goodwill San Antonio is a Section 501(c)(3) non-profit social enterprise that helps change lives through the power of work. When you shop or donate at Goodwill, you’re funding education, training and services to prepare people to find better jobs and build careers in diverse companies throughout the communities we serve. Together with the support of our generous community, partners and employers, Goodwill provides employment and related services to more than 50,000 individuals each year in South Central Texas. In addition to operating 19 retail stores, 34 donation stations and 13 Good Careers Centers in San Antonio, Kerrville, Laredo, New Braunfels, Seguin and surrounding areas, Goodwill operates three Good Careers Academies and manages 16 contracts for the U.S. government for services ranging from document management to grounds maintenance.