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    Agency: Goodwill of Central Iowa

    04/07/2020 - COVID -19 Changes:

    First of all, let me state that we hope that you all are staying well and healthy. These are unprecedented times that call for incredibly challenging decisions and we know that we are not alone when it comes to these decisions. In the interest of the highest degree of safety and health for our community, and in accordance with recent developments from the Governor, the CDC, Iowa Department of Public Health, and like many of you in the community within your own organizations, Goodwill of Central Iowa would like to make you aware of several temporary changes/updates to programming:

    Skills Training programming– Retail Skills Training will complete their program at the end of the day today (03/17). Food Service Skills Training and Warehouse/Packaging/Logistics (WPL) Skills Training will complete their program no later than the end of the day Friday (03/19). Sadly, this means there will also be no public graduation ceremonies – but please know how proud we are of all our graduates and the amazing progress they made! The Food Services/WPL programs scheduled to begin 03/30 and 03/31 respectively will be postponed indefinitely. No decision will be made at this time regarding the next Retail Skills Training program to begin April 27.

    Supported Employment Services (SEP) – all job development programming and a majority of job coaching programming will be suspended indefinitely. Individual team members will be contacted by their respective Career Specialists and Job Coaches for further information.

    Day Services – programming will be suspended indefinitely, effective immediately. Individual team members will be contacted, if they have not already, by their respective Life Instructors.

    Career Connection Centers (Des Moines and Newton) – CCCs will close at close of business on Wednesday, March 18th, and remain closed indefinitely.

    Should you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding any of these programs, please send an e-mail to and we respond as quickly as we can!

    Again, we sincerely thank you for your support and understanding with the decisions made today. I will continue to communicate and relay all the latest details, as soon as they become available. Be well, be smart, be safe, and stay strong – we are all in this together and it is together we will get through it!

    Sincerely, Justin Bogers, Community OUtreach & Program Coordinator

    GOODWILL INDUSTRIES OF CENTRAL IOWA improves the quality of life of individuals by providing training, education and employment programs.

    SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT assists those who have barriers to employment in obtaining and maintaining employment in the community. 

    PROJECT SEARCH is in collaboration with Hy-Vee to offer an internship program which gives participants the opportunity to learn different Hy-Vee departments.

    DAY SERVICES is for adults with a diagnosed disability to work on their independent living skills in a stimulating and community integrated environment. Participants have opportunities to plan activities, volunteer, learn to self-advocate and have fun with a group of their peers.

    **PAID SKILLS TRAINING listed separately. 

    • Goodwill of Central Iowa
      Main Phone: (515) 265-5323
      Fax: (515) 265-0645
      5355 Northwest 86th Street
      Johnston, IA 50131

    Agency: Goodwill of Central Iowa

    Languages Available: English

    Fees: None

    Intake: go online at

    Eligibility: Person must have a barrier to employment such as criminal background, language proficiency, homelessness or lack of education or diagnosed disability

    Documents Required: Call for details

    Hours: Mon-Fri 8 am-4:30 pm

    Areas Served:
    • Polk County
    • Tama County
    • Story County
    • Marshall County

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