Goodwill is a non-profit leader in providing education, training, and career services to people with disabilities and disadvantages, such as physical, mental, or emotional disabilities; lack of education or work experience; and those with criminal histories and/or homeless. Last year, Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana helped thousands of people gain and maintain employment. As a result, we saw many lives transformed through the power of work.
Supported Employment Program is a program designed to provide job placement and retention services to persons with disabilities. A referral from the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC)/Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS) is necessary to enter this program. The services provided through this program are free to individuals who are referred for services. This program is funded through the LWC Rehabilitation Service and paid for by the State of Louisiana.
Open and Outreach Placement Programs is designed to serve clients with barriers to employment through work readiness training, self-directed job search and individualized case management. No referral is necessary to receive these services, only the desire to gain employment. The services are free to anyone who needs assistance. This program is funded by the Community Foundation of North Louisiana.
Good Support Program is a referral based program through the Caddo Parish Juvenile Court that helps aid non-custodial parents. It provides job readiness training, self-directed job search and individualized case management, with the goal of obtaining employment, empowerment and providing successful financial support of their families. This program is funded by the Caddo Parish Juvenile Court, and it is free to participants.
Reentry Program provides case management, discharge planning and job readiness training services to inmates housed at Caddo Correctional Center. The goal is to assist with successful reentry back into the community. The Reentry Program is funded by the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office.
Ex-Offender Placement is designed to serve clients, who have a criminal record, with work readiness training, self-directed job search and individualized case management in Caddo, Bossier, Webster or DeSoto parishes. These direct services are free to anyone who has a criminal record who seeks our assistance. This program is funded by the Community Foundation of North Louisiana.
EXIT-318 Program is a referral based program through the Department of Corrections that serves high risk, high need ex-offenders with individualized case management and wrap-around services in Caddo, Bossier and Ouachita parishes. As part of this collective impact project, each partner is charged with providing different services to address specific needs of ex-offenders. The State of Louisiana Department of Corrections provides funding for this program, and all the services are provided free to participants with the goal to help them not recidivate.
This program is funded through the Department of Labor, in partnership with Goodwill Industries International, designed to provide case management and wrap-around services, including paid work experiences and certifications, training stipends, emergency funds and incentives to young adults (18-24 year olds) who have been involved in the juvenile or adult justice system.
GoodFutures is a program to improve educational and employment opportunities for at-risk youth, ages 16-19, to achieve lasting financial stability and self-sufficiency. For students who have not graduated high school, we partner with Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) to provide HiSET classes, as well the opportunity to receive a nationally recognized retail certification. This program is funded by Bossier Parish Community College and is offered at no cost to its participants.
Good Transitions is a referral based program through the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) that provides free services to youth ages 14-21 in foster care. The program's goal is to develop skills and supportive services necessary for the youth to become independent and to transition into adulthood and assume personal responsibility for their daily care. This program is funded by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).
SYNAR is aimed at decreasing youth access to tobacco products. The program is overseen by the Department of Health and contracted through the Northwest Louisiana Human Service District and Northeast Delta Human Services Authority with a goal to educate tobacco merchants on the laws on the sale of tobacco products to underage youth within Northwest and Northeast Louisiana.
Second Opportunity Workforce Solutions (SOWS) is a supported employment program designed to help individuals diagnosed with a mental illness gain and maintain self-sufficiency through gainful employment. Services provided include employment evaluations, individual outcome plans, job readiness skills training, job placement and follow-along supports after client becomes employed.