Discover Goodwill of Southern & Western Colorado is dedicated to helping people reach their highest level of personal and economic independence.
For over half a century, Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado has been a leader in workforce development and life-skills programming that help individuals increase their self-sufficiency and lead more independent, purpose-filled lives. Located in Colorado Springs, Discover Goodwill was first formed as a branch of Denver Goodwill in 1956. It became autonomous from Denver Goodwill and incorporated as a separate, nonprofit organization in 1961. Since then, Discover Goodwill has provided job placement, case management and rehabilitation services to thousands of individuals with disabilities and disadvantages each year. It has established itself over the years as a local and national leader in developing programming for individuals with disabilities and consistently ranks as top 10 among 165 Goodwills in the U.S. and Canada for job placement. In order to achieve its mission, Discover Goodwill offers more than 20 different programs and services that help individuals with disabilities and economic disadvantages increase their self-sufficiency and reach a higher level of independence. These programs include several thriving social enterprises; a full-service staffing agency; a career development center; care services for seniors and individuals with disabilities; operation of the Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) for 43 counties in Colorado and life-skills programs like Possibilities, which educates individuals with disabilities in a simulated small-town environment. In 2016, Discover Goodwill served 81,557 people, providing training and career services for 29,673, putting 9,731 individuals to work in the community, and providing in-home help with daily living needs for 256 people. Additionally, our enterprises employ 1,432 individuals.
We serve many thousands of people each year, but our success is measured in each changed lives…
Discover Goodwill's LIFT program will help place a growing number of job seekers into employment each year. One of our recent IT Help Desk Certification graduates, Anni, says, "I met other students who were going through the same things I was-learning new skills to create better lives for themselves and their families. I was encouraged to see others like me making the most of this opportunity to change their circumstances. The LIFT program and Discover Goodwill are a blessing to me and many others in the community."
ROLAND was abusing drugs and had served jail time. Discover Goodwill's job training programs helped him turn his life around. Roland has made a big impact through his determination, work ethic and zest for life, now managing a Discover Goodwill retail center. He couldn't do what he is doing now without the training and experience he has received from Discover Goodwill. "There are a lot of people like me in this organization," Roland shares. "This is a place where people come to change their lives."
QUENTIN is a participant in Possibilities, Discover Goodwill's life-skills program for individuals with intellectual, developmental or physical disabilities. He recently completed a one-year term as the Mayor of Possibilities' 14,000-square foot town square community. He projects wisdom and a quiet confidence-a unique combination in a politician! During his term as mayor, Quentin engaged Possibilities participants in the community, finding ways to give back. His honorable advice is: "Do everything from your heart. Put other people first."