Our Mission

Goodwill empowers people with disadvantages and different abilities to earn and keep employment through individualized programs and services.

Good is a renewable resource. It takes on many forms, and often comes from unexpected places. Even one small act of good can make a big difference. For instance: an unassuming bag of stuff has the power to change lives. Employment is more than a paycheck - it's a resounding victory: for the individual, for their family, for their community. When jobs thrive, communities thrive. It's real sustainable change that all starts with one person and their bag of stuff. When you do a little good, you might be surprised at how far it goes. Good goes further.™ Learn more

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Michael visited Goodwill’s Career Center on his day off from work to share some big news.  Looking at the smile on his face, you would never guess how many obstacles, barriers, headaches, and heartaches he's endured. Before coming to Goodwill this February, Michael spent six hour…

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Michael's Story

Like many Americans, Adney Stean graduated high school and enlisted as a member of the U.S. Navy. He served our country for 22 years, after which he was honorably discharged in 1988.  During his service, he received his Associates Degree in Criminal Justice, completed Military Police Sc…

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Adney's Story

In early 2014 Darrell received placement help and job coaching from Goodwill for a dishwasher position at a Bob Evans restaurant. But our services didn’t stop there. In May 2015, Bob Evans restaurant closed and Darrell was suddenly unemployed. He put in a few applications but received …

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Darrell's Story

Meet Melody. Melody visited the free Goodwill GoodWORKS Career Center in August. She was in a transitional living program after incarceration. With help from Goodwill, she quickly found employment with a retail inventory company, but the job didn’t fully meet her needs. So, she contin…

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Melody's Story

Congressman Clever and local Goodwill CEO spoke in support of New Overtime Rule (Kansas City, MO)- Congressman Cleaver held a press conference at the Goodwill GoodWORKS Career Center on Thursday, October 27th. Congressman Cleaver spoke in support of the DOL’s New Overtime Rule th…

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Congressman Cleaver's Story

Emily was a recent high school graduate who spent her days sleeping late at her grandmother’s house. After receiving a referral from Vocational Rehabilitation, Emily completed Goodwill’s exploration program and earned a job at Hy-Vee. Goodwill staff worked closely with other age…

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Emily's Story

“When I called Goodwill for the first time and [someone] picked up, I knew what I had found. I found a good place…and it just kind of went from there.”     Meet Kim. She may seem familiar to you, because she came to Goodwill a few years ago after searching …

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Kim's Story: The Next Chapter

  Meet Kim. Kim chose Goodwill because the agency worked with her grandfather in the 1960’s. A Goodwill Career Navigator worked with Kim, often serving as a cheerleader and coach to help her realize her potential. The support she was given helped Kim keep from giving up. She said…

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Kim's Story

When the week rolls around and it’s Monday again, we usually wonder- how did that happen? We go about our routine and before we know it a year has flown by, then ten. For others, time slips away much differently. Robert came to us at the Goodwill GoodWORKS Career Center with his parol…

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Robert's Story

Ten years ago, Shandi was a Goodwill success story. A client with great work ethic, she had earned and kept employment in her former placement. But when Shandi came back to Goodwill last year, she was not working. The loss of employment put her family in turmoil. She knew the first step…

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Shandi's Story

After overcoming challenges to graduate from high school, Josh was eager to enter the workforce. Understanding that he needed additional support to secure a job, he and his family turned to Goodwill.Together with his Goodwill Career Navigator he searched for job openings, completed applicati…

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Josh's Story

Brett moved to his mom’s home in the summer of 2015. He was selling his plasma weekly to pay for their utility bills. Brett desperately needed a job, but a disability impaired his ability to read and write, and consequently pass a written driver’s test. Without a driver’s l…

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Brett's Story

The Holidays are much brighter this year for Clarence Brown after he got just the gift he wanted in time for Christmas…a full-time job. “It’s a lot of stress off of me knowing that I can provide for my kids,” he says. “Last year I wasn’t able to get …...

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Clarence's Story

Meet Angela. Angela is a veteran of the single mom-job. She is the single provider for her four wonderful kids. She has some difficulties in learning specific skills that have, in the past, interrupted her educational and employment paths. When Angela first walked in to Goodwill, she was wi…

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Angela's Story

“The Goodwill Quest Academy program was life changing for our son. This program also changed our family. Having hope to find some kind of employment for him, we learned from Goodwill it could be a reality.” – Louise Starr Meet Tim. Tim and his family were told to be ha…

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Tim's Story

Dwaylan enrolled in the 2016 Goodwill Quest Academy eager to grow and learn. Quest Academy participants split their time between the classroom and a local internship to gain job skills and work experience. Dwaylan chose an IT internship and impressed his supervisors with his willingness to t…

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Dwaylan's Story

Kevin Rhea’s story shows the power of perseverance when it’s paired with Goodwill. A learning disability was just one barrier that made it difficult for Kevin to find work. His case worker with Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation referred him to Goodwill back in 2009 for…...

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Kevin's Story

Derek had no money to renew his driver’s license, repair his car, or buy a phone when he came to Goodwill's GoodWORKS Career Center. For months, Derek poured his energy and time into finding employment. At GoodWORKS, he developed his resume, con…

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Derek's Story

Keshaun participated in Goodwill’s Quest Academy (formerly Urban Career Academy) for career exploration after leaving high school. Through this program, he gained work experience at Showtime Auto Detailing. At the completion of the program, he was immediately offered a job. Keshaun gre…...

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Keshaun's Story

When Sean graduated in 2013 with a degree in Speech Communications, he didn’t anticipate how difficult it would be to find a job. Over time, he became increasingly shy. Sean lived with his mom and without his job, their living situation deteriorated. They washed clothes by hand because…

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Sean's Story

Paul was ready for his second chance. He had great work experience as a store manager, but Paul also had barriers to employment. He has a health condition and a criminal record. His family situation deteriorated along with his health, and, after serving time in jail, he lost his family, his …

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Paul's Story

Meet Shelley. Shelley was a Goodwill client in early 2014, when we first provided guidance and an opportunity for her to succeed. She quickly earned employment at a local janitorial company. After a couple of years, Goodwill saw the company slowly decline and a handful of client…

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Shelley's Story

Goodwill empowers people with disadvantages and different abilities to earn and keep employment through individualized programs and services.  We believe employment is the foundation of personal and community stability, and through work generations of lives are recharged and changed. Th…

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