LOUISVILLE, KY – Goodwill Industries of Kentucky announced it received $150,000 in funding from Louisville Tourism that will be used to support its Another Way program. Specifically, the funding will be used to purchase a gently used van and hire additional outreach specialists.
The Another Way program is designed to address the gap in the labor market by canvassing highly trafficked areas of the city, such as homeless shelters, highways, byways and street corners, picking up as many as 22 willing workers daily and taking them to a worksite to work for four hours. In return, the participants earn $50, lunch and an introduction to the internal and external barrier-reduction resources at Goodwill’s Opportunity Center, which offer a hand up, not a handout, to individuals searching for a way to reintegrate into society.
Louisville Metro and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield are sponsors of the Another Way program. The program has received $1 million in funding from Metro Louisville since its inception in 2022.
What began as a pilot program in 2019 has grown into a resource that has served more than 1,500 individuals. It has connected more than 600 individuals to self-sufficiency resources, transported nearly 100 to substance abuse/mental health treatment facilities, placed more than 125 in temporary-to-permanent housing and helped 150 find employment. The program started with just one van.
To learn more about the program, visit GoodwillKY.org/AnotherWay.
About Goodwill Industries of Kentucky
Goodwill Industries of Kentucky is a 100-year-old nonprofit organization that operates in 103 of Kentucky’s 120 counties. The organization is committed to using resources from its 67 retail stores to help build pathways out of poverty for individuals who need a hand up in life. In 2022, Goodwill helped place 2,368 Kentuckians into jobs with 877 of its employer partners and inside its own retail stores. Goodwill uses approximately 90 cents from every dollar generated in its retail stores to operate programs and services that help Kentucky’s hardest-to-serve job seekers build the life they desire.