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Goodwill Industries Announces Special Job Fair

Goodwill Industries Announces Special Job Fair;Over 100 Jobs for People with Disabilities

Goodwill Industries has over 100 job opportunities available immediately for people with disabilities and special needs who can benefit and thrive from training and employment. Those interested should attend a Job Fair scheduled for March 29-31, from 10:00 am through 4:00 pm, and Saturday, April 1, from 9:00 am through 1:00 pm, at the organization's main plant, 2121 NW 21 St., in the Allapatah district of Miami.

However, for those who cannot attend the Job Fair, Goodwill will be accepting applications through the end of April. Applications may only be completed at the main plant's address mentioned above.

Those hired will be trained in custodial services, computers, or as sewing-machine operators in the apparel manufacturing division at Goodwill's main plant. The division serves as a major supplier of battle dress uniforms and garrison caps for the U.S. armed forces, and also produces the interment flag for the Veterans Administration. The division also makes the aprons worn by Publix employees. Other training programs, such as computer operations and bank encoding, are also available.

Depending on their type of disability or special need, Goodwill employees generally work 40 hours per week and are paid minimum wage up to $10.50 an hour, according to the job or contract.

At the Goodwill plant, an estimated 585 persons with disabilities and special needs currently receive job training and are taught the necessary skills to become self-supporting for eventual placement in local jobs. Those considered to have "special needs" include single mothers, those living below the poverty level, political refugees, persons with a language barrier, and those affected will illnesses.

"As part of our mission, we will tech those hired to work and will provide them with counseling and individual case management", said Dennis Pastrana, Goodwill's President & CEO. "We will provide a complete evaluation to develop a customized rehabilitation program and, based on their skills and capabilities, teach them how to operate power sewing equipment and do many other types of jobs."

Pastrana said Goodwill is interested in reaching other local vocational and special education schools, as well as churches and nursing homes for the disabled -- and the United Way --, to encourage their students and residents to attend the job fair. He is also interested in reaching families with disabled members at home.

"Goodwill teaches people to support themselves through work. We give individuals a hand up, not a hand down. We're a chance, not a charity," added Pastrana, noting that most of those who come to Goodwill depend on their families, the government, or someone else for help.

Last year, more than 3,400 people with disabilities and special needs were provided the job skills and self-esteem necessary to help them become independent and be better prepared to enter the local labor market. They also received job-placement services at the completion of their training at no cost to them.

Those interested must apply in person.


Contact: Lourdes Little
Vice President - Marketing
(305) 326-4182


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