SOUTH BEND – Goodwill Industries of Michiana, Inc. announces the Grand Opening of their new Elkhart Retail Store and Community Career Center at 3808 East Mishawaka Road. This facility will replace their previous location at: 3717 South Main Street. The Grand Opening Celebration is planned for Friday, November 4th with Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies at 8:45 am. Customers may begin shopping at 9:00 am when doors open to the public. “The new store offers a more open layout with wider aisles and an expanded furniture department. There will be a work area to process Attended Drive-Thru donations so we’ll be able to put the items we receive directly on the sales floor. We have also included wall graphics to show our guests how their donations help others in the community,” comments Mark Ziegert, Vice President of Retail Sales.
The Community Career Center is a self-help facility for anyone who would like to learn more about how to find a job – those who are employed, under-employed or un-employed. Individuals can drop in to work on their resumes, write cover letters and hone their interview skills. It is not necessary to be enrolled in a government program to use the services provided. There will also be workshops available at no charge, taught by Goodwill experts and corporate partners. “The Career Center was developed to serve a need in the Elkhart area for an accessible employment resource. As Goodwill expands, we look at the needs of each community to evaluate what is already available and where there may be gaps in service,” says Debie Coble, President and CEO. “It offers an opportunity to bring the mission of Goodwill and the retail store operation together. Our customers can see what their donations and purchases help to facilitate. And, they can use the Career Center themselves, which is an exciting opportunity,” comments Mark Ziegert, Vice President of Retail Sales.
The Grand Opening Celebration continues through Sunday, November 6th. The first 100 customers arriving on Friday will receive a 50% Discount Coupon. Saturday, everything except New Goods and Collectibles will be 50% off. The savings continue on Sunday with Manager Specials throughout the day. Debie Coble, President and CEO says, “We’re thrilled to welcome the community into Goodwill’s new Career Center and Retail Store. Our customers will enjoy the convenience of dropping off their donations at the Drive-Thru, and shopping for affordable merchandise in a bright new space. Best of all, their purchases and donations help fulfill our mission to strengthen communities by empowering individuals and families through education, training and job placement.”