Goodwill provides education, career development, and employment opportunities to help Coloradans in need achieve self-sufficiency, dignity, and hope through the Power of Work.
Goodwill was founded in 1918 at the Epworth Church in Denver. The organization's work is based on Reverend Edgar J. Helms' philosophy that a person's self-worth should come "not from charity, but from chance."
For nearly 100 years, Goodwill has provided training and career development to unemployed, low-income and disabled adults in Denver. Goodwill recognized an opportunity in 1992 to help break the cycle of poverty by building a bridge between teens' education and their future employment. Today, Goodwill is one of the largest providers of youth services in the Denver metro area serving nearly 18,000 at-risk students.
Goodwill's 30+ mission-driven thrift stores provide affordable clothing and household items to the public, create employment opportunities (50% of retail employees report having a disability or other disadvantaging condition) and generate revenue toward achieving Goodwill's mission. 92 cents of every dollar generated through our retail operations and 100% of all financial contributions fund Goodwill's career development programs.
"Goodwill has helped me be independent. It made me feel a lot more empowered in overcoming my obstacles with Autism." Madisyn Higgins, Goodwill program participant
"You don't know how many lost students there are like me just walking around with no hope, no faith. And then Goodwill gets involved with us, and they can change our lives for the better." Talieayh Wise, Goodwill program participant
"Goodwill gave me a second chance to prove that I am more than my faults, and I can do something constructive versus destructive." Edward Smith, Goodwill employee and program participant
"Being a part of Goodwill and its family is amazing. You want to come in somewhere and smile, I do everyday!" - Vanessa Cruz-Pennington, Goodwill employee and program participant
"Goodwill cares about people. They care about employing people. The biggest thing that you can help with an individual is to help them sustain themselves." - Tim Warren, Goodwill employee
"What's great about Goodwill's programs is that I wouldn't be where I am without it. It [Goodwill] gives support to people who may not think they have any. And that's what Goodwill's BankWork$ program did for me." - Brandon Madrid, BankWork$ graduate
"I often think about what my life would have been if I didn't find Goodwill, and I really don't know. I know their [Goodwill's] mission and not just that I know their mission, I see their mission every day. I love Goodwill!" - Sylvia Johnson, Goodwill employee and program participant
"I want other refugees to know that the Goodwill programs are amazing and can help you too." - Gre Nah, student's mother