By AMBER GINTER
Southern Ohio Today
Beyond gently used clothing and items no longer needed in one’s home, Goodwill of South Central Ohio’s mission is far beyond garments.
Although locations around Ross, Pike, Scioto, and Jackson counties sell clothing, their mission is to improve the quality of life and provide job opportunities for people with disabilities and who are disadvantaged.
In a recent expansion of homes, Goodwill of South Central Ohio has entered into a contract with Chillicothe City Schools. Acquiring the former and vacant Tiffin Elementary School property in downtown Chillicothe (between Bridge and Fifth streets), this new home location will continue to uphold this rigorous mission.
“This new site will continue to provide services for more than 300 individuals with disabilities,” said Marvin Jones, CEO of Goodwill and former Tiffin student.
With more than 10 acres of utilities in the center of town, Jones notes that while no immediate plans for the property have been disclosed, it will provide future opportunities to impact the surrounding counties.
“Through this partnership, we will advance our mission of improving the quality of life and job opportunities for those with disabilities and disadvantages,” Jones said. “We plan to seek input for possible uses from the neighbors in the community so that it remains an asset for Chillicothe for years to come.”
While the community’s support has played a large role in Goodwill’s success, Jones says donations and patronage of retail stores alone have not made this new venture possible, but those working in the workforce development department, training center, and new office activities on Western Avenue.
“Our board recognized a real opportunity existed with the Tiffin property and unanimously approved moving forward,” Jones said.
Goodwill of South Central Ohio provides services to eight counties: Ross, Fayette, Pickaway, Pike, Jackson, Vinton, Athens, and Hocking. The organization employs 200 people a year, 60 of whom have disabilities.
As of September, Goodwill of South Central Ohio has given jobs to 32 individuals with disabilities and is working to help 180 find more. For more information, visit https://gwisco.org/mission/.