Goodwill SCWI Celebrates Growth and Good News in 2017

Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin (SCWI) enjoyed significant successes in 2017 with the opening of a new store and a statewide honor for a participant in Goodwill’s Supported Employment (SE) program.

The year began with a complete refresh of the Monona location at 2501 Royal Avenue. The store and donation center stayed open throughout the renovation, which was completed in May.

Aside from the fresh look of the store, the makeover includes operational improvements as well.

“This was a great opportunity to break down the walls – literally and figuratively – between our retail and donation processes,” said store manager Doug Rozak. “We’re also very pleased with the positive impact on the customer experience.”

June brought the news that Goodwill SCWI was renewed for accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International, an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services providers.

This three-year accreditation for Goodwill’s community housing, employment supports and job development services cements more than 40 years of exceptional service to individuals with disabilities. Goodwill SCWI operates the only CARF-accredited group homes in Madison.

CARF was complimentary of Goodwill SCWI’s exceptional service and reputation:

The supported employment program is led by a team of experienced professionals who have been successful in building relationships with local businesses [leading to] employment opportunities for clients formerly thought of as unlikely candidates for competitive employment.

In September, Goodwill opened is 10th new retail store and donation center at 2901 North Sherman Avenue on Madison’s Northside. More than 300 people waited in line for the doors to open.

In assessing neighborhood needs, the decision was made to incorporate a community room at this location. The space accommodates up to 30 people and has become a busy spot for community meetings and activities.

Goodwill SCWI is scheduled to open its 11th store in Stoughton in the spring of 2018.

As 2017 wound down, Goodwill SCWI was delighted to join in the celebration of David Brann, one of the many amazing people served by the local nonprofit. David received the Wisconsin Job Honor Award on November 29. The award celebrates Wisconsinites who have overcome barriers to employment, and the employers who hire them.

The Wisconsin Job Honor Awards were presented during the Future Wisconsin Summit hosted by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) and sponsored by Milwaukee-based ManpowerGroup.

Goodwill SCWI is a local nonprofit serving communities within a 14-county region. Each region is an independent 501(c)(3) organization.