For eight weeks from April to May, members of our career services team here at Goodwill Industries of Kentucky tested a pilot program that offered unhoused individuals in Louisville the chance to work for a day to earn a stipend, lunch – and hopefully much more.
The program – Another Way – was funded by the Louisville Metro Council and used a van to pick up more than two dozen individuals and transport them to work opportunities in the city. Now, many of those individuals have full-time work opportunities and are able to house themselves.
With the pilot a success, the career services team is now pushing for more funding to make the program a recurring resource for individuals across the Metro Louisville area.
For more information about the program and its early success and future, watch these recent clips featuring Program Manager Sharon Allgeier and Director of Community-Based Services Kimberly Boyd-Lane, in addition to news segments:
- WAVE 3: Goodwill program reports on success after Louisville panhandlers find work
- WLKY: Homelessness, maintenance part of Metro council’s amended budget for Thursday’s meeting
- WDRB: As LMPD struggles to keep officers, council advances plan that could provide better pay
- Courier Journal: Police, libraries, affordable housing: How Metro Council wants to change mayor’s budget