Goodwill opens training, activities center in Circleville

Goodwill Industries of South Central Ohio is proud to announce the Pickaway Activities
and Training Center opens on Monday (Aug. 27).

With this center, Goodwill continues to further its mission of improving the quality of life and helping
find jobs for those in Pickaway County with disabilities and barriers to employment. The center, inside the Goodwill retail store on U.S. 23 south across from Logan Elm Village, will focus on providing activities and training to introduce participants to various life skills experiences, take part in regular community events and activities and train them for employment in the private sector.

The center is designed to serve participants with developmental disabilities in and near Pickaway County. Goodwill staff will be working with the Pickaway County Board of Developmental Disabilities to determine what program activities best fit the needs of those in Pickaway County. Possibilities include classes on cooking, art, music, learning to make crafts and exploring new hobbies as well as day trips for shopping, visiting area attractions or other personal choices.

In addition to the activities, Goodwill offers a workforce development component that will provide
assistance for individuals to obtain, maintain or advance in community employment or self-employment. Participants will have access to computers to explore careers and hear from instructors to prepare resumes, hone their interviewing techniques and other skills necessary to obtaining employment.

Transportation for participants also is available.

“One of our goals when we moved to the former Volunteers of America site was to find ways to better serve those with developmental disabilities,” said Marvin Jones, Goodwill CEO. “This training and activities center has great potential and we intend to listen and respond to the participants to meet their needs and goals.”

To learn more about the center and inquire about scheduling a tour and talking to the staff, contact Carrie Hayes at the center. Her phone number is 740-207-5800 and her email is carrie.hayes@gwisco.org.

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