LOUISVILLE, KY. – Goodwill Industries of Kentucky will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil its new Opportunity Center in Corbin on Tuesday, January 17 at 37 South Park Center Drive, Suites 11 and 12, Corbin, KY 40701, beginning at 11 a.m.
Goodwill President and Chief Executive Officer Amy Luttrell, Corbin Mayor Suzie Razmus and Southern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bruce Carpenter, among others, will speak during the ceremony. Following the ribbon cutting, guests will be invited to tour the Center.
The Corbin Opportunity Center is for Corbin-area natives who experience barriers to employment and self-sufficiency, including addictions, justice-involved backgrounds, education deficiencies, limited workforce histories, childcare challenges, transportation, homelessness and mental or physical disabilities. The Center will serve as a one-stop-shop for those individuals – with services, programs, classes and community partner presentations on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Center in Corbin is part of Goodwill’s plan to expand its geographic presence and meet the growing service needs in communities where holistic resources are needed the most. Goodwill has rebranded its current resource centers as Opportunity Centers and has plans to establish more locations in 2023, its centennial anniversary year. The name change reflects the long-term transformation of the organization, which has been operating and providing programs and services and opportunities since 1923.
Goodwill has formed cooperative partnerships with like-minded organizations to collaborate and provide programs and services together at the Opportunity Centers. Individuals seeking support will be able to come to the Center to meet with Goodwill career coaches or partners for various support services:
- Reintegrating Individuals Successfully Every Day (RISE) program – this is a two-week, incentivized job-readiness program. Program graduates are awarded Work Ready Certificates and can be awarded gift cards and a laptop.
- Soft Skills Academy – An eight-hour course that helps prepare individuals for successful employment by focusing on attitude, conflict resolution, dependability, self-presentation, team building and safety.
- GoodStart program – An intensive 20-25-hour program designed to provide participants with resources and tools to strengthen their skills, learn new platforms and promote career exploration.
- Financial and budgeting support
- Applied digital skills in the newly designed computer lab
- Information about our programs, including Goodwill Cars to Work, Another Way, Last Mile to Work
- Behavioral, mental and spiritual health support
- Addiction treatment
- Legal and expungement services
- Soft skills certification
- SNAP assistance
- Much more!
For more information about Goodwill and its Opportunity Centers, visit www.goodwillky.org/statewide-opportunity-centers.
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 2021, Goodwill helped place 2,636 Kentuckians into jobs with 871 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.