Goodwill puts people to work

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Goodwill Industries of Colorado Springs is receiving a $120,000 facelift that will be completed early in 1997.

The facelift includes a paint job for trucks, buildings, and attended donation centers with the 100-year-old organization’s newly emphasized motto, "We put people to work."

Last year, the local Goodwill put 2,350 Pikes Peak area residents to work, including 2,036 that moved from welfare to work and 314 people with disabilities. Goodwill’s efforts saved El Paso County $3.4 million in welfare subsidies and earned it Goodwill International’s number one ranking for putting people to work.

President of Goodwill Industries International, Fred Grandy, called the company the "most successful covert operations in the U.S."

He noted that people look at the Goodwill logo and think, "Yeah, I have to clean out my closet." He wants to change that image so that people say, "Oh yeah, those are the guys that put people to work."

The local Goodwill’s $9.2 million budget comes primarily from the sales of donated goods, $4.3 million, in its six retail locations; rehabilitation fees and grants, $2.2 million; and subcontract work for various local industries, $2.3 million.

An additional $253,750 was listed on the annual report at "public support" and consisted of gifts and bequests from private citizens and corporations. J.C. Penney at The Citadel mall and Chapel Hills Mall was recognized as a corporate supporter of the year.

The local division of Goodwill employs the full-time equivalent of 450 people.

Goodwill is the seventh largest retail chain in the United States with 1,400 stores.