Fantasy of Lights 2019

Fantasy of Lights 2019

This year is the 25th anniversary of Goodwill of Southern New England’s Fantasy of Lights. Held at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven, CT, from November 15 to December 31, this is the must-see nighttime Christmas event of the holiday season. This stunning display of Christmas lights supports our mission to enhance employment, educational, social, and recreational opportunities for people with disabilities and other challenges. All proceeds from this

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Think before you donate!

Think before you donate!

GET THE FACTS ABOUT ONLINE RUMORS! “Think before you donate” and we think you will see why donating to Goodwill® is the right choice. Goodwill is the leading workforce provider in the world, placing someone in a new job every 30 seconds of every business day. Goodwill has a more than 117-year track record in providing services to people going through transition, whether due to military service, lack of

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Sixty-one million people in the U.S. are diagnosed as having a disability. This population includes those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual, or sensory impairments that may hinder their ability to fully and effectively take part in society on the same level as other people. Individuals with disabilities often experience social isolation and chronic loneliness. This is due to not having many avenues for social interaction. Stigmas against those

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Halloween as a season

Halloween as a season

The holiday season seems to start earlier and earlier every year. It is only September, but people are already gearing up for Halloween. Whether they are actually kids or just kids at heart, people all over are beginning to decorate their houses and put their costumes together. Businesses are even getting involved with all types of Halloween theming. In order to help you and your family prepare for the

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Reentering the Workforce After Incarceration

Reentering the Workforce After Incarceration

In today’s job market, the average person is having an easier time finding work. However, this isn’t always true for people who have been incarcerated. One of the hardest obstacles to overcome is the stigma attached to people who have recently been released from prison. Often previously incarcerated people applying for jobs can feel demoralized when employers reject them, or disregard their resumes without calling them back. Goodwill of

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From prison to business owner!

From prison to business owner!

Jimmy Lee Baker is a 50 year old New Haven resident who was released from incarceration on June 16, 2018 after serving 24 years.  Mr. Baker came back to the community with a determination and goal of one day having his own business.  He graduated from the Fit For Business program in New Haven, ready to join the city’s newest job creators. He is now the proud owner of

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CARF Accreditation

CARF Accreditation

  • June 12, 2019
  • CARF
  • 673

Goodwill of Southern New England is committed to delivering high quality services to our persons served. We are equally committed to maintaining a high level of quality standards for business practice. We are proud to demonstrate this commitment by achieving CARF accreditation for the following programs and services: Community Employment Services: Employment Supports,  Community Employment Services: Job Development, Employment Planning Services, Community Integration, Community Integration (Older Adults/Dementia Care). What is

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Thrifting: Helping yourself to help the environment

Thrifting: Helping yourself to help the environment

Before the 1920s, most clothing had a life cycle within one household, being mended, passed down, or cut to be used as cloth. The rise of industrialization brought with it the rise of consumerism and the idea of buying new to replace the old. In recent years that mindset has only advanced. The volume of textile trash increased by 40% between 1999 and 2009, and 7.6% of national landfills

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Our 2018 Annual Report is now available!

Our 2018 Annual Report is now available!

It gives us great pleasure to present our 2018 Annual Report to you. At Goodwill of Southern New England, it is because of our shoppers, donors, and our employer and community partners that we are able to support our participants in their quest for sustainable employment each year. Every  day here at Goodwill of  Southern New England we are empowering individuals, strengthening families and building stronger communities. We hope you

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From homelessness to success!

From homelessness to success!

Meet Lilly Harris! Lilly enrolled in our Supported Housing Program (SHP) while she was homeless. This program along with our Individually Developed Employment Assistance (IDEA) program provide individual employment services for individuals with psychiatric disabilities, have a history of substance abuse and those who are homeless. These programs take place at our New Haven, CT Campus at 830 Grand Avenue. Lilly’s employment specialist helped her find the resources she

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