FLORENCE, Ore. -- A new Goodwill store in Florence promises to not only have good deals but also to help others find work through a unique program.
Thursday morning Florence city leaders and officials with Goodwill cut the ribbon on the on the new store, 1310 Highway 101. The store replaces Florence's old one and provides more retail space and includes a Job Connections Center. The free service provides residents with one-on-one resume assistance, interview skills coaching and referrals to local employers.
"There are people struggling to find jobs, and they may not know how to get past some of their barriers," said Libby Schafermeyer, a Goodwill Spokeswoman. "And now we are here to help them, and finding employment is going to lead to a better community."
With the storefront right on the Oregon Coast Highway, Mayor Joe Henry said the city has been working hard to find a use for the property. He believes Goodwill is a perfect fit and will help many in the community thrive.
"We have any number of folks here working in our service industry," Mayor Henry said. "They are looking for jobs and don't have housing and are looking for training. And I think Goodwill will bring an added piece to support those efforts."
Schafermeyer said 90 percent of the money spent at their stores goes to help fund their mission to provide vocational opportunities for people with barriers to employment. The store has 17 employees and is open seven days week from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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