Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg and Metro Louisville Council members Markus Winkler, Nicole George and Phillip Baker joined leaders and participants of Goodwill Industries of Kentucky’s Another Way program on a ride-along on June 9 to get a firsthand look at the program’s impact.
The ride-along began at Goodwill’s East Louisville Opportunity Center at 909 East Broadway. Once the pickup process completed, the team traveled to a worksite at Shelby Park.
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.
What began as a pilot program in 2019 has grown into a resource that has served 1,312 individuals. It has connected 593 individuals to self-sufficiency resources, transported 62 individuals to substance abuse/mental health treatment facilities, placed 126 in temporary-to-permanent housing and helped 133 find employment. The program started with one van but now operates three and has a seven-member team.
View these recent news segments for more from the ride-along:
- Spectrum: Goodwill program helps Kentuckians with employment, housing and more
- WDRB: Goodwill’s ‘Another Way’ program pays homeless for work, connects them to resources
- WHAS: Goodwill Industries of Kentucky offers ‘Another Way’ program to community
ANOTHER WAY TO GIVE
To help reduce panhandling in the City of Louisville and give individuals at stoplights and other rights of way a new, more effective way of giving to those experiencing poverty, Goodwill and its Another Way program, in partnership with Metro Louisville, have set up a donation portal that will support the Another Way program’s efforts. The donation portal can be accessed by way of a QR code at certain rights of way.
For more information about Another Way, contact Program Manager Sharon Allgeier at Sharon.Allgeier@goodwillky.org or Director of Community Based Career Services Kimberly Boyd-Lane at Kim.Boyd-Lane@goodwillky.org.