Goodwill® and partners to host Harlan expungement clinic for job seekers with background challenges

Hazard KY – Goodwill Industries of Kentucky is partnering with multiple community organizations—Department of Corrections, Southeast Kentucky Reentry Task Force, and Kentucky Skills U—to host an upcoming expungement clinic on August 13 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the Harlan County Courthouse, located at 210 E. Central Street. The Harlan County Fiscal Court is sponsoring the event.

The partnering agencies are offering a step-by-step guide to the expungement process, including a review of charges that qualify for expungement and consideration of individuals’ income levels to determine the cost, if applicable, of having a record expunged.

“Goodwill works hard every day to support people who want to work, but need help getting a foot in the door or simply a second chance,” said Amy Luttrell, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Kentucky. “We’re proud to have strong partners working by our side so Kentuckians can work towards realizing their potential when given an opportunity.”

Participants of the expungement clinic will also hear more about Goodwill’s Soft Skills Academy, a series of free classes teaching critical skills that employers look for as they seek to fill open positions. After completing skills classes, participants earn Work Ready Certificates and are paired with career coaches to further prepare for and secure employment, ensuring that the job seeker’s skills are matched appropriately with an employer’s needs and requirements. After placement, Goodwill career coaches stay engaged with both the employee and employer to assist with any issues that could put the individual’s employment at risk.

In 2018, Goodwill Career Coaches connected 935 east-region Kentuckians with employment opportunities and served a total of 6,583 job seekers. 

For those interested in participating the event, contact 606-573-2600 for more information.

About Goodwill Industries of Kentucky

In the 2018 fiscal year, Goodwill placed Kentuckians into more than 2,700 jobs across the state – both inside and outside of Goodwill. Goodwill’s career path programs and employment services, which serve Kentuckians who have disabilities or other challenges, are funded through a combination of grants, corporate and individual giving, and its retail stores, which sell donated clothing and household items at 65 locations across Kentucky.