Founded in 1983, Goodwill – West Texas is a private, non-profit, 501(c)3 organization consisting of 14 retail stores serving a 35 county area. As an organization, we empower people, helping them fulfill their potential, improve the lives of their families, and contribute to the growth of our shared communities.
In collaboration with an extensive network of practical, thoughtful assistance-providers, Goodwill – West Texas continually strives to broaden its scope of job training and business services in alignment with our core mission of providing opportunities for people with barriers to employment.
Goodwill-West Texas is a lot more than a place to donate used household goods and clothing. We are not “just a thrift store.” Goodwill is really about changing lives and fulfilling our mission, that’s why 87 cents of every dollar earned in our stores goes directly to our mission programs that help support our employees and members of the community. By donating your new or gently used items, and shopping in our stores, you are helping to fulfill that mission!
THE GOODWILL STORY
Goodwill Industries was founded in 1902 in Boston, MA by Reverend Edgar J. Helms, a Methodist minister and social innovator. In an attempt to meet the needs of the poor, sick and disabled in his own neighborhood, it is said he carried a burlap sack while visiting his friends across Boston and filled it with used shoes, clothing and household items. His plan of training and hiring those who were in need succeeded. The workers were taught to mend and repair the goods and paid a wage out of the profits from selling the repaired goods at a weekly church bazaar at affordable prices. The Goodwill philosophy of “a hand up, not a hand out” was born.
Through the years, the mission and scope of Goodwill has grown. Today, Goodwill focuses on two areas: 1) Offering the job training and vocational rehabilitation necessary for people with disabilities and disadvantages to lead independent lives and 2) Collecting donations from the communities it serves to provide employment in the production and retail areas of Goodwill.
Every Goodwill shares a common philosophy of assisting people with disabilities or other critical needs in their efforts to work, but each Goodwill is autonomous, allowing the individual agencies to respond to the needs of their particular communities.