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The morning of Thursday, February 15th marked the occasion of a visit from the Southwest Ohio Regional Director for Senator Sherrod Brown, Alea Brown-Hoffmeister, to Goodwill’s Employment and Training Center. The Regional Director was provided with a comprehensive tour of the organization’s programs and services by President and CEO, Joe Byrum.
Ms. Brown-Hoffmeister spent time in the organization’s award-winning Center for Advocacy, Recreation and Education (CARE) program as well as meeting with Community Services team members; Training Services director; Veterans Services dormitory as well as participating in an extensive tour of the work and training programs offered throughout the facility. The Regional Director was fascinated to learn about the number of individuals served in Goodwill’s many programs as well as the organization’s long-term partnerships with County Boards of Developmental Disabilities; Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities and the Veterans Administration among other referral sources. For more information about Goodwill’s programs and services, visit www.cincinnatigoodwill.org/services. The Director also received an overview of how donations and items sold in Goodwill’s network of retail stores provide almost 60% of the operating revenue needed to support the organization’s employment and training services.
The Regional Director had a number of questions throughout the tour and was pleased to have a much better understanding of Goodwill’s role in helping to put people to work as well as overall economic impact on the Greater Cincinnati community. Legislative issues related to individual choice were also emphasized and talking points provided for the Senator’s reference.
Ohio Valley Goodwill is so pleased that Regional Director for Senator Sherrod Brown, Ms. Brown-Hoffmeister, was able to tour the organization’s employment and training center and learn more about the vital relevance of the organization’s programs and services in the Greater Cincinnati community.