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The Academy at Goodwill to Offer Mental Health First Aid Class

Since July, Goodwill Industries of Arkansas’s programs have helped more than 16,000 Arkansans change their lives through education, training and employment. And now, that effort is expanding.

This year, one of those programs, The Academy at Goodwill is offering a new training course to the public: Mental Health First Aid. Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This 8-hour training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to appropriate care.

Mental Health First Aid training will take place on the following dates: 6/14/19, 8/23/19, 10/25/19, 12/6/19. To view the pdf of the flyer click here.

This program, along with the others offered by The Academy – CPR, Forklift Certification and Welding prepare and train Arkansans for a variety of diverse, skilled jobs in Arkansas’s thriving economic environment. To learn more about these classes you can email or call 501-372-5100 ext. 1192.

“The Academy at Goodwill provides much-needed training for Arkansans seeking employment or in search of better-paying, higher-skill jobs. Employers are also using these courses as a way to better train their workforce.”
— Branndii Peterson, Program Development Manager – Business Relations

Hope Rises, Goodwill's Community Partner of the Year 2018

Re-Entry Services at Goodwill: Giving Arkansans a Second Chance

According to the Prison Policy Initiative, there are 26,000 men and women in prisons across Arkansas. Another 53,000 are on probation or parole. That’s more than the population of the entire city of Conway.

Tackling the increasing prison population is daunting, considering statistics show half of the men and women released from Arkansas prisons will return after committing another crime or violating the terms of his or her release. According to a proclamation by Governor Asa Hutchinson, the answer could partially lie in second chances.

For the third year, the Governor proclaimed April Second Chance Month …

… “I never set out to be a serial bank robber or to be, you know, a professional criminal,” says Jeremy Evans.

Evans knows the value of second chances and redemption. After being laid off from work during the recession several years ago, he found himself in a financial crisis and desperate.

“All of my bills were going unpaid. … there was actually a letter on my front door that I was about to be evicted from my home,” Evans recalls. “…without any planning, I got in my car, drove to a sporting goods store. I bought a hat and some sunglasses, and … I drove north to the next state over and robbed a bank.”

By the time he was eventually caught, Evans held up more than a dozen banks. He spent 5 years in prison. He’d prepared for when he’d go home. Finding work, though, was more difficult than he’d thought …

Color of the Week

The Color of the Week is CLEAR. Stop by your local Goodwill location and look for items with clear tags for a 50% discount. The color will change Sunday, June 23rd. Featured Auctions

Did you know that you can shop Goodwill online? Check out these featured auctions and many many other unique items at

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Squier byFender Custom Telecaster Electric Guitar

Limited Edition Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Saddleback Leather Backpack Made in Old Mexico

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The First Graduates of Arkansas’ First Adult High School

Meet the six students who, on December 8th, became the first graduates of Arkansas’s first high school for adults! Congratulations Theresa, Rachel, Halley, Stefan, Trent and Dayshia!

The next term begins July 15, 2019. We are currently accepting applications. Click here to learn more.

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