Thursday, June 27, 2013
Palmetto Goodwill, Trident United Way and Family Services will celebrate the opening of Summerville’s new Prosperity Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 28 at 12 p.m. located at 222 Trolley Road inside the Goodwill retail store.
Mayor William C. Collins and local representatives of the Summerville community will attend the grand opening ceremony.
The center is a collaborative effort by the three organizations to offer a variety of services and training in one location for people in the Summerville community. The services will be offered at no cost to the community.
“Individuals who come to Goodwill are usually unemployed or underemployed and have a need for the services we offer as well as those offered by Trident United Way and Family Services, said Jim Hughes, vice president of mission services for Goodwill. “Now clients will be able to receive all three services in one central location.”
Through the center, Goodwill will provide employment services including career coaching, job training and employment placement services. Computer stations will be available for job searches and resume building. Through their partnership with Goodwill, South Carolina Adult Education will provide Work Core Employability Skills training.
Family Services will have licensed coaches on site to provide financial coaching, homebuyer education, credit counseling, and foreclosure prevention and assistance. They will also offer free monthly budgeting classes as well as debt management, homeless prevention, reverse mortgage counseling, and bankruptcy counseling services through their North Charleston licensed staff via videoconferencing, telephone, and group workshops.
Trident United Way will coordinate service delivery among the various partners and offer income supports for working families to stabilize them financially while they pursue further education, financial skills and job training.
The ribbon cutting ceremony will mark the opening of the second Prosperity Center in the Tri-County area. Goodwill, Trident United Way and Family Services opened a Prosperity center in January at 325 East Main Street in Moncks Corner.
Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina is a nonprofit social service organization whose mission is to help people achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work. Over 90 percent of Goodwill’s revenue goes to fund mission related services. Goodwill serves their mission by providing career counseling, job training, and other employment related programs to people with barriers to employment. Last year, Goodwill placed over 800 people into new jobs and served over 37,500. For more information about Goodwill’s programs and services, please visit www.palmettogoodwill.org.