Heart of Texas Goodwill Industries, Inc.

Heart of Texas Goodwill Industries, Inc.

The roots of Goodwill originated in 1902, when Edgar J. Helms, a Methodist minister from Boston, accepted a challenge to serve as a settlement worker among the poor immigrants of Boston’s South End. Inspired by compassion for people with disabilities and disadvantaging conditions, he sought a way to improve their quality of life.

Helms took a burlap sack and began traveling to the wealthier areas of the city, asking for unwanted garments and other goods. Poor men and women were then put to work at the dilapidated Morgan Memorial Chapel restoring the collected items, learning trades, and acquiring skills as they worked. Once the items were repaired, they were resold and the money was used to pay the wages of the workers. This cycle of donating, repairing, selling, and paying wages was the beginning of Goodwill Industries — and remains essentially intact today.

Helms pioneered an organization that gave people hope, dignity, and independence. His social innovation set in motion a worldwide movement that would transform millions of lives – all through the power of work.

Locally, Heart of Texas Goodwill Industries, Inc. was founded in Waco in 1955 through the efforts of individuals who recognized the need for vocational training and employment opportunities. Throughout the decades, Goodwill has stayed focused on this mission, while expanding and improving services to meet the new and emerging needs of the communities served by the agency.

Goodwill at a Glance:

Heart of Texas Goodwill serves 20 counties
Operates 12 Retail Stores and Donation Centers and 3 Outlet Stores
Facilitates vocational training and mission service programs at 6 Job Connections located in Waco, Temple, Killeen, Harker Heights, Belton and College Station
Provided services to 3,116 individuals through Job Connections in 2019
Placed 364 job seekers into employment

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Health Insurance
Dental Insurance
403(b)
Holiday Pay
Paid Parental Leave
Life Insurance
Vision Insurance
Health & Wellness Programs
Paid Time Off
Short-Term Disability
Health Insurance
Life Insurance
Dental Insurance
Vision Insurance
403(b)
Health & Wellness Programs
Holiday Pay
Paid Time Off
Paid Parental Leave
Short-Term Disability

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