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From addiction, prison and sleeping in a school bus to store manager: ‘Life makes sense now’

November 29th, 2021|Comments Off on From addiction, prison and sleeping in a school bus to store manager: ‘Life makes sense now’

By Jacqueline DeRobertis, The Advocate Baton Rouge The first night after he was released from prison, Michael Blanton found himself sleeping in the back of an unlocked school bus, unsure of what to do next. His time as an inmate at the Livingston Parish Detention Center had transformed him, from a man lost in the throes of opioid addiction to a survivor filled with deep faith. Free at last, he felt called to something greater, but there were some immediate challenges. "I had nowhere to go, nobody to call," he said. "I remember just praying in the back of that bus going, 'Lord, I know this is not what you've saved me [for].'" Blanton eventually found lodging at the St. Vincent de Paul homeless shelter in Baton Rouge and later a transitional home. But visiting the Goodwill on College Drive is what changed his life. staff photo by Travis

Join Goodwill on 10/21 for a Job Fair!

October 11th, 2021|Comments Off on Join Goodwill on 10/21 for a Job Fair!

Join Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana for a Job Fair on Thursday, October 21, from 11AM to 1PM at our Tulane Avenue Offices in Mid City (3400 Tulane Avenue, Suite 1000)! Goodwill offers competitive benefits, flexible hours, career development opportunities and so much more. Click here to view our current openings and apply online.

GEAR Job Readiness Training Offered October 18-22

September 28th, 2021|Comments Off on GEAR Job Readiness Training Offered October 18-22

Goodwill’s Education Advancement & Readiness (GEAR) program begins with our signature one-week job readiness training sessions. After this, participants move into our three-phase program designed to help them find, obtain and keep a job. Our next one-week session will take place Monday, October 18 - Friday, October 22 from 9AM-12PM daily at our Mid City offices (3400 Tulane Avenue). For more information, contact Nicole Foster-Espadron at 504-889-5553 or nespadron@goodwillno.org.

Join Goodwill on 9/28 for a Job Fair!

September 20th, 2021|Comments Off on Join Goodwill on 9/28 for a Job Fair!

Join our Contracts Division for a Job Fair on Tuesday, September 28, from 10AM to 2PM at the Louisiana Workforce Commission in Gretna! Goodwill offers competitive benefits, flexible hours, career development opportunities and so much more. Click here to view our current openings and apply online.

Goodwill SELA President & CEO Named Women of the Year Honoree

September 8th, 2021|Comments Off on Goodwill SELA President & CEO Named Women of the Year Honoree

Announcing the 2021 Women of the Year & Nonprofit Organizations By Natalie Chandler, New Orleans CityBusiness Honorees for the 2021 class of CityBusiness Women of the Year & Nonprofit Organizations have been chosen. Women of the Year recognizes 50 women from the area whose successes in business and contributions to the community have made them movers and shakers in the region. CityBusiness also recognizes nonprofit organizations that have gone above and beyond in serving the needs of local women and/or children. This year’s Women of the Year honorees are: Christine Albert Robin Penzato Arnold Ashley L. Belleau Jolie Bernard Magdalen Blessey Bickford Renée Borie Blanche Gretchen M. Bourgeois Kristen Young Boyd Ashley Charlotte Brennan Laura S. Brown Charmaine Caccioppi Rashain Carriere-Williams Joan M. Coffman Amy Boyle Collins Lacey Conway Darlene G. Cusanza Jodee E. Daroca Judy S. DeLucca Ayame N. Dinkler Terri Hogan Dreyer Stacy S. Drury Tracey Flemings-Davillier Deborah

City of New Orleans Provides Hurricane Ida Response and Recovery Updates

September 3rd, 2021|Comments Off on City of New Orleans Provides Hurricane Ida Response and Recovery Updates

From the City of New Orleans, Mayor Latoya Cantrell  NEW ORLEANS — Today, the City of New Orleans updated residents on Hurricane Ida response and recovery efforts. City agencies and public safety officials continue to assess damages sustained during the storm. Mayor LaToya Cantrell and other City officials continue to prioritize residential needs by moving resources to neighborhoods. Recovery updates are as follows: Community Resources FIRST AID STATION Services will be limited and include oxygen exchange, minimal prescribing ability, medical device charging, and other basic health assessments.  No medications will be available on site. 24/7 Operating 24/7, Central City Senior Center, 2101 Philip St. COOLING CENTERS EVERYDAY A/C, device charging, water, FEMA assistance 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Treme Recreation Center (900 N. Villere St) 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Cut Off Recreation Center (6600 Belgrade St.) 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Gernon Brown Recreation Center (1001 Harrison Ave.) 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Milne Recreation Center (5420 Franklin Ave.) 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Stallings

Hurricane Ida Goodwill Closures

August 27th, 2021|Comments Off on Hurricane Ida Goodwill Closures

Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana is monitoring Hurricane Ida as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico and towards the Gulf Coast. We will continue to update this page with any information on closures of our offices, programs and sites. Updated Wednesday, September 29 at 9:45AM  As of today, the only remaining closure is our Hammond retail store and donation center. This location will remain temporarily closed for renovations. All other stores, offices and Goodwill Technical College are open. Updated Monday, September 20 at 9:45AM As of today, the following Goodwill stores remain closed: Hammond Luling All other stores are now open and operating under their normal hours (9AM-8PM Mon-Sat, 10AM-6PM Sun) with the exception of those noted: Burbank Chalmette College Coursey Covington Denham Springs Esplanade Gonzales Houma LaPlace (9AM-4PM through Wednesday, 9/22) Mandeville Manhattan O'Neal River Ridge Robert E. Lee Slidell Tulane Veterans (9AM-6PM Mon-Sat, 10AM-6PM Sun) Walker Zachary

Denham Springs Goodwill Manager Wins National Award for Overcoming Prison Past

August 17th, 2021|Comments Off on Denham Springs Goodwill Manager Wins National Award for Overcoming Prison Past

By Community News Staff, The Advocate Baton Rouge Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana announced Michael Blanton, manager of the Denham Springs Goodwill store, has been named Goodwill Industries International’s 2021 Achiever of the Year. This award is given to someone who has shown great progress and accomplishment in overcoming challenges to finding employment, and who still benefits from the Goodwill work environment or receives services to support employment a community site, a news release said. On Oct. 9, 2019, Michael Blanton was released from prison with no money, no job and no home. Living in a homeless shelter, he heard about Goodwill’s Re-Integration Program, which provides wraparound assistance to formerly incarcerated individuals, the release said. In November, Blanton's program case manager told him there was an opening at a local Goodwill store. He applied, interviewed and was hired for a level-1 donation center position on Nov. 21, 2019. “I was

Join Goodwill on 9/1 for a Job Fair!

August 12th, 2021|Comments Off on Join Goodwill on 9/1 for a Job Fair!

Join our Contracts Division for a Job Fair on Wednesday, September 1, from 10AM to 1PM at the Plaquemines Parish Library in Belle Chasse! Goodwill offers competitive benefits, flexible hours, career development opportunities and so much more. Click here to view our current openings and apply online.

Dedicated Goodwill® Team Member Gets A Second Chance Following Incarceration

July 28th, 2021|Comments Off on Dedicated Goodwill® Team Member Gets A Second Chance Following Incarceration

Goodwill Industries International Names Michael Blanton its 2021 Achiever of the Year ROCKVILLE, Md., July 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Michael Blanton was living in a homeless shelter following his release from incarceration in October 2019 when he learned about the Goodwill Re-Integration Program (GRIP) in Baton Rouge, LA, operated by Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana (New Orleans, LA). Since gaining employment with the Goodwill twenty months ago, Blanton earned multiple promotions and is now working as a store manager. Goodwill Industries International is proud to honor Blanton as its 2021 Achiever of the Year. When he first walked into the Goodwill Employment and Training Center, Blanton was hoping to receive transportation assistance and financial help to pay for a photo ID. He received bus passes to use during his job search and financial assistance to obtain his photo ID as well as résumé writing assistance. A Goodwill case manager also helped him develop an individualized career plan and set