Goodwill's Job-Link centers help people with employment, skills training, and family strengthening. Our trained employment consultants can assist with resume preparation, interviewing skills, and access to online employment opportunities. Job-Link centers, located across Southwest Florida, also provide computer access so that our clients can look for a job and submit online resumes and job applications. Many of our computers are equipped with adaptive technology to assist people with disabilities. Finally, Job-Link centers provide referrals to family strengthening services in the community. We partner with numerous agencies across Southwest Florida with the common goal of helping people become more independent.
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Goodwill is expanding its innovative Beyond Jobs program to provide job training and placement services to unemployed women. The Beyond Jobs program is expected to provide services to 230 women from 2013-2015. Throughout the 30-month period, Goodwill will link woman to the necessary tools to be successful both at work and at home. Beyond Jobs is designed not just to place women in jobs but to give them the tools and skills they need to build sustaining careers. Supported Services include: Financial Education, Work Clothing Assistance, Transportation Vouchers (Lee County Only), and Post-Placement Support. Goodwill supports participants even after they earn employment to ensure they can maintain their jobs, advance in their careers and have continued success. Beyond Jobs is Funded by the Walmart Foundation.
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Career and job skills training are available at Goodwill Job-Link Centers. Clients can learn soft skills, such as dressing for success, resume preparation, and interviewing. We also partner with our successful retail stores in order to provide retail training, including customer service, merchandising, loss prevention, currency tendering, and inventory. Retail training centers are located in Lee, Charlotte, and Hendry counties. Please check with your local Job-Link coordinator for training sessions in your area.
For most people, finding a job is just one small barrier on the road to independence. To support a household, you may need other assistance. Job-Link centers can make sure you get in touch with the family strengthening providers that can give you the help you need.
Family Strengthening Services
We provide, or partner with agencies that provide the following family strengthening services:
- Money management (banking and budgeting)
- Housing and rental assistance
- Adaptive medical equipment loans
- English as a second language
- Income tax preparation
- Effective parenting courses
- Nutrition and healthy food choices
- Mortgage foreclosure assistance
- Mental health services
- Addiction and dependence services
- GED and Adult Education
- Transportation assistance
- Utility payment assistance
- Medicaid and health insurance for children
- Free Tax assistance
Job-Link centers also provide access to ACCESS Florida, an online application service for food stamps, cash assistance, and Medicaid.