For Immediate Release
October 24, 2019
Alex Tourk, (415) 215-1199
Goodwill of San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin Counties Celebrates New Training & Career Center Grand Opening at 750 Post Street
Grand Opening Remarks by the Honorable Mayor London Breed, District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin, and SF Goodwill CEO, William Rogers
San Francisco, CA – Goodwill of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin Counties (SF Goodwill), a leader in workforce development, will host a Grand Opening at its new home, 750 Post Street, on Thursday, October 24th at 10:45am.
Special guests and speakers include the honorable Mayor London N. Breed, former Mayor Willie Brown, District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin, and San Francisco Goodwill President and CEO, William Rogers. The event will feature a collection of donated items from the President of the San Francisco Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Dr. Maxine Hickman, and special remarks written by Senator Kamala D. Harris.
Goodwill’s new site includes a community Training and Career Center, Learning Labs, and a Goodwill Microsoft Makerspace. The Training and Career Center features digital skills-building classes, technology certification programs, career pathway trainings, and career counseling services for individuals with barriers to employment such as re-entry populations, individuals struggling with housing instability and homelessness, people with low education and skill levels, immigrants, veterans, and those with gaps in their work history. SF Goodwill’s move is a huge step in the organization’s larger strategic plan to reorganize its services, collaborate with top technology companies, community-based organizations, and local officials.
“From our new hub, SF Goodwill will advance our social equity, nonprofit mission by helping individuals from marginalized communities create economic stability and career mobility through training and the dignity of work,” said SF Goodwill President and CEO, William Rogers. “We stand with our key partners: the City and Mayor’s Office, private businesses and nonprofit organizations, to tackle the equity challenges in our region and some of the most pressing problems in our community—homelessness and chronic unemployment.”
SF Goodwill’s focus on workforce development offers three pillars of support to those with barriers to employment: supportive employment with benefits, job training and industry certifications, and individualized career services. From digital skills-building and ESL classes to training in technology, e-commerce, warehouse and logistics, data analytics, supply chain management, environmental sustainability, retail and hospitality, Goodwill is a critical resource for the community. “San Francisco Goodwill has continually proven themselves to be a leader in connecting residents—especially people with barriers to employment—to free trainings and work placement opportunities,” says Mayor Breed. “I am proud to support Goodwill and their mission to improve the lives of thousands of San Franciscans, and I’m excited to see what they are able to accomplish with this new, centralized location at 750 Post Street.”
Innovation and collaboration are at the forefront of SF Goodwill’s new Training and Career Center designed to prepare people to compete in today’s job market, including:
- A new Goodwill Microsoft Makerspace, the first of its kind for the neighborhood, will create important access to in-demand technology tools, training, and hands-on learning opportunities for surrounding residents and nonprofits.
- The Goodwill/Google IT certification program, a unique curriculum developed by Google, creates economic opportunities for underserved populations seeking a technology career pathway. Graduates of this program have secured positions with the Office of Homeland Security and in tech consulting.
In 2018, Goodwills in California were responsible for 2.4% of the state’s job growth through its supportive employment model, designed for underserved populations. SF Goodwill is committed to continued leadership with this trend, as CEO William Rogers serves as the Chair of the Council of California Goodwill Industries.
About Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin Counties Inc.
Since 1916, Goodwill of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties (SF Goodwill), a nonprofit social enterprise, has been committed to providing tens of thousands of local people with barriers to employment, a second chance through training and the dignity of work. Through its distinctive earn-while-you-learn supportive employment model, Goodwill successfully delivers access to training programs that lead to economic mobility. Goodwill is equally committed to environmental sustainability and trains job seekers for jobs that lead to sustainable career pathways and utilizes best practices for diverting millions of pounds of goods every year from local landfills. Today, SF Goodwill has 19 popular retail locations, 25 donation sites, and a thriving e-commerce shopping platform. Learn more at www.sfgoodwill.org or call 415-575-2100.