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.
Ontario Disability Support Program Employment Supports
Goodwill Niagara provides employment related services such as job placement and job retention for individuals with a verifiable disability, to help them secure and retain meaningful employment.
FOR SERVICE IN FRENCH PLEASE CONTACT SALVATION ARMY LAWSON MINISTRIES AT 905-527-6212.
Constructing Our Future
Is a youth employment program funded by Service Canada. Participants in the program learn theoretical and practical construction skills while earning the equivalent of minimum wage. Participants receive certifications in First Aid/CPR, WHMIS, forklift as well as instruction in health and safety, Bill 168 and job readiness. Participants learn relevant employability skills such as resume and cover letter development as well as interviewing skills. At the end of the 10 weeks, participants receive a 12 week paid placement with an employer. Graduates of this program either secure employment or return to school. This program ends January 2020.
The Culinary program provides free training for anyone in the Niagara Region wanting to pursue a career in the service industry. Individuals learn culinary skills and attain certifications in First Aid/CPR, safe food handling and WHMIS to ensure success in their new careers. Workshops also include health and safety, Bill 168, job readiness with resume and cover letter development and interviewing skills. This program ends December 2019.
Contact our Workforce Development Department:
Call: 905-685-8777 Ext: 22
Goodwill Niagara works with various shelters, organizations and families in need of emergency clothing, furniture and everyday items. Every person who is referred to the assistance program receives the basic items they need to begin the process of rebuilding their lives.
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.
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.
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.