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Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries was delighted to welcome State Representatives Sedrick Denson, (33), Brigid Kelly, (31), and Catherine Ingram, (32), for a tour of its Employment and Training Center on Monday, September 9th. The visit was a result of an invitation issued following the legislators’ “Ohio Promise” community outreach event in August. The “Ohio Promise” is a legislative framework aimed at expanding opportunity by investing in Ohio’s future and building an economy that works for everyone. Goodwill President and CEO, Joe Byrum along with Marketing Director, Sharon Hannon, greeted the distinguished visitors and provided a comprehensive tour of the organization’s headquarters. Management team members were on hand to provide more specific program information about their area of expertise including the Center for Advocacy, Recreation and Education (CARE), Community Services, Veterans programs, Training opportunities as well as the Donation process.
The elected Representatives seemed very impressed with the diversity and scope of the organization’s many programs and services which are provided to more than 3500 people annually and last year, helped 907 to get jobs in the community. Goodwill’s overall economic impact was discussed as well as its role as a long-standing environmental steward. Legislative concerns were briefly addressed in terms of protecting Medicaid and related safety nets which significantly impact people with disabilities as well as our nation’s veterans.
Our most sincere thanks to Representatives Denson, Kelly and Ingram for their interest in visiting Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries and learning more about the organization’s vital programs for the citizens served in the Greater Cincinnati area.