New Chillicothe Goodwill center for those with disabilities opens

Goodwill of South Central Ohio’s activities and training center serving individuals with disabilities opened in its new Western Avenue home this week.

The new 3,600 square-foot center is part of a 10,000 square-foot facility which houses administrative offices and Goodwill’s workforce development team who moved in earlier this month. The Chillicothe center typically serves about 40 of the more than 300 people served by our missions team this year.

“The new center provides a homier atmosphere for the individuals we serve as well as a space designed specifically for life skills training such as cooking and laundry. There also is a sensory room where individuals who are feeling overstimulated can go to learn and practice self-calming techniques,” said Goodwill CEO Marvin Jones. “We’re very thankful to Kingston National Bank for financing the project and for the David Meade Massie Trust which awarded us $5,000 in September to help purchase appliances and other items for the center.”

The center previously operated in the rear of the former Goodwill store leased in Shawnee Square while the workforce development and administrative teams worked out of offices leased in the Foulke Block building downtown.

Goodwill of South Central Ohio is a nonprofit organization focused on improving the quality of life and job opportunities for those with disabilities and disadvantages across our eight-county region. Donations and purchases made at our stores help to support workforce development and other services for those with disabilities in Fayette, Pickaway, Ross, Hocking, Pike, Athens, Vinton, and Jackson counties.

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