Horizon Goodwill Creates Opportunities for Fathers

Johnathan Harrell and his family.

We believe in the power of work. When people experience setbacks in life, it is important to get them back on their feet and back into the workforce so they can provide for themselves and their families.

Horizon Goodwill is most well-known for serving the community with its stores. The income they receive from sales of donated goods is then used to help people with disabilities and barriers to employment obtain work. However, there are many other aspects to Horizon Goodwill that the community isn’t acutely aware of like the Re-Entry programs for those who are just released from prison. Goodwill offers vocational training, resume writing skills, and expungement services to those who are in need of assistance so they can break down the barriers of employment. CEO, John McCain said, “We believe in the power of work. When people experience setbacks in life, it is important to get them back on their feet and back into the workforce so they can provide for themselves and their families. The more that we can do to facilitate their success, the less likely it is for them to be a repeat offender.”

One of the success stories from Horizon Goodwill is Johnathan Harrell. Harrell is a husband and father of six. “I was first introduced to Goodwill through a pilot program through the Washington County Detention Center. I was incarcerated at the time, like many people I knew that Goodwill had thrift stores throughout the area, but that was the extent of my knowledge in what they did,” says Harrell. Johnathan started in processing goods and worked his way up in the organization. Harrell adds, “Having gone through the work experience program my ability and drive was recognized by Goodwill. I…

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