Goodwill Industries of Kentucky President and CEO Amy Luttrell recently joined WAVE 3 Listens Live! to discuss the planned expansion of our headquarters and career services to West Louisville.

Goodwill announced in late April the purchase of a 20-acre property at 28th and Broadway in Louisville, to house our administrative building and education and employment opportunities. The planned site, which is the result of a years-long, strategic search, is a prime location for our services, which aim to promote self-sufficiency and aid the poverty level, Luttrell said.

“We looked at the demographics, really throughout Kentucky, but in Louisville we found that, and certainly already knew, there are a lot of people in the west part of Louisville who are not working and who are living in poverty,” Luttrell said. “So we really want to make our services more visible and easier for them to access.

“We really specialize in lifting people up who haven’t had much of a chance in life, often don’t have a lot of family support, not the best growing-up experience. … Plus with Kentucky’s problem with substance abuse and addiction – that’s caused a lot of people to become involved with the criminal justice system. So Goodwill assists a lot of people who have struggled with addiction, who’ve had brushes with the law or been in prison for a number of years. Many of them really want a new start, so we want to give them the best possible opportunity.”

To view the full interview, which touches on the planned West Louisville expansion, our community partners and our greater mission, click the link provided below:

For more on our West Louisville expansion, including our plan to build an “Opportunity Campus” and commentary from our West Louisville community partners can be found in the Courier Journal story linked below, featuring Vice President of External Affairs DeVone Holt: