Programs and Services

 

Through a variety of programs and services, Goodwill Niagara continues its commitment to support the community. With the guidance of our mission to provide opportunity and development, we are strengthening and enriching the diverse lives of families every day.
Our programs are designed to assist individuals (who may have barriers to employment) obtain the necessary skills as well as job experience and confidence needed to become rewardingly employed. Goodwill also recognizes the influence of a tough economy on Niagara’s elderly population, providing affordable low-income housing to this cohort. Goodwill Niagara identifies the importance of community collaboration and has established partnerships with local organizations to deliver and support relevant programs.

 

PROGRAMS

Ontario Disability Support Program Employment Supports
Goodwill Niagara is also working with individuals who have a verifiable disability, in an effort to help them secure and retain meaningful employment.

This program provides employment related services such as job placement and job retention.
FOR SERVICE IN FRENCH PLEASE CONTACT SALVATION ARMY LAWSON MINISTRIES AT 905-527-6212.
General Assistance
Goodwill Niagara works with various shelters, organizations and families in need of emergency clothing, furniture and everyday items. Every person who requests assistance receives what they need free of charge so they can begin the process of rebuilding their lives.
Constructing Our Future
The “Constructing our Future” program provides theoretical and practical skilled trades training to youth in the Niagara Region. Individuals are given necessary employment skills and community placements to ensure success in their new careers. Participants in the Constructing our Future program have graduated and either secured employment or returned to school to further their education.

Ontario Works
We currently provide skills training for Ontario Works and ODSP recipients. These programs provide pre-employment training and specific skills designed to assist individuals who are both looking for employment and individuals wanting to change employment vocations. It is our goal to ensure that each individual has an equal opportunity to achieve an improved life for themselves and their families.
Contact our Workforce Development Department:
Call: 905-685-8777 Ext: 22
Email:nel@goodwillniagara.com
Ontario Trillium Foundation

Goodwill Niagara is working in partnership with the Ontario Trillium Foundation to establish retail training centres in Niagara Falls and Port Colborne. This grant has generated three new positions.
Recycling/ Donation Coordinator- This position focuses on enhancing and coordinating donation and recycling initiatives throughout the Niagara Region
Community Services Coordinator- This position fosters partnerships and collaborative growth opportunities throughout the Niagara Region, while connecting people to valuable community services and resources
School Volunteer Coordinator- This position provides volunteer opportunities for school students to gain valuable employment skills while completing community involvement hours, producing a dual benefit for both the student and Goodwill

SERVICES
General Assistance
Goodwill Niagara works with various shelters, organizations and families in need of emergency clothing, furniture and everyday items. Every person who requests assistance receives what they need free of charge so they can begin the process of rebuilding their lives.

Pro Bono
Unfortunately at times, for multiple reasons, there are individuals who do not qualify for traditional support or services. In these cases, Goodwill Niagara provides free training through our programs and services to persons who are not affiliated with alternate organizations and who cannot afford to pay for job skills training on their own.

Gift Certificate Program
Goodwill is working in partnership with the District School Board of Niagara to provide gift certificates to individuals and families in need. Need is identified at the school level and a request for gift certificates is made by DSBN on behalf of the family.

Goodwill also collaborates with the DSBN and their “Prom Project” mission. This is a program designed to accept new and gently used formal attire donations which are given free of charge to students within the Niagara region who cannot afford a graduation/prom outfit.

Successfully Suited

We recognize that looking for a job in this difficult economy can be challenging. Not only do candidates need solid job skills, but they also need to feel confident in order to interview well. Goodwill’s “Successfully Suited” program provides a complete head to toe outfit to people who are actively looking for a job, but can’t afford the cost of purchasing interview attire. Our Retail Managers work one-on-one with job seekers to ensure that they not only “look the part”, but also feel self-confident in their new interview apparel. This program works on a referral basis with various employment organizations as well as directly with many individuals who require assistance.

 

Stokes Community Village

 

Goodwill Niagara successfully repurposed the Stokes Seeds factory on Page Street. The renovation of this building produced dual benefits for multiple persons involved. It delivered hands on skilled trades training to our Constructing Our Future participants during the transformation of the building. Ultimately, the incredible renovation has provided 32 affordable housing units for our community’s elderly population. This building also provides space for numerous not-for-profit organizations delivering programs throughout the Niagara Region.
Churchill Campus

Seniors Housing, Retail Store/Training Centre and Drive-through Donation Centre

The Goodwill Campus located at 1 Churchill Avenue in Welland is a green field development modelled after the Stokes Community Village. This facility provides 25 affordable senior apartments, includes a Community Center and incorporates a drive-through donation and recycling center. The Churchill campus is also home to our fifth Goodwill Retail and Training outlet in the Niagara area.
Goodwill Niagara also supports organizations throughout the community through sponsorship of the Niagara Ice Dogs, Garden City Minor Hockey, Kiwanis, Rotary Club, Niagara College and Merritville Speedway.
Ontario Trillium Foundation

Goodwill Niagara is working in partnership with the Ontario Trillium Foundation to establish retail training centres in Niagara Falls and Port Colborne. This grant has generated three new positons

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