The wait is nearly over. November 1, Goodwill Industries of Arkansas will open the doors of its new Outlet Store, located at 1301 North Dixieland in Rogers. The facility will also house a Resource Center where Goodwill will be able to help more members of the community through job training and employment services.
This will be the second facility of its kind in the state. The other Goodwill Outlet Store and Resource Center are located in Little Rock on Scott Hamilton Drive.
The Outlet Store offers gently used items at deeply discounted prices. Customers fill their shopping carts and pay by the pound, pennies on the dollar. Like at Goodwill’s other retail stores, money generated by the sale of donated goods helps fund numerous job placement, training and educational programs.
The adjoining Goodwill Resource Center will begin operation upon completion of the new facility. It will house a Career Center where Career Specialists will help residents with their job searches, resume preparation, interview skills and much more. Career Specialists will also work closely with area businesses to help match those needing qualified workers with Northwest Arkansas residents seeking employment.
The Academy at Goodwill, Goodwill’s state-licensed trade school, will offer forklift certifications, CPR and OSHA 30 training. Classes will also be held for those seeking a Certified Business Professional certificate. Residents can be certified in areas of Customer Service, Business Communications, Business Etiquette, Leadership and Sales – credentials valued by Arkansas employers.
At the Resource Center, those returning from incarceration will also be able to receive paid job training and transition assistance through Goodwill’s re-entry programs. Our re-entry team’s success rate is highly recognized by Arkansas law enforcement and corrections officials. Statewide, the recidivism rate is more than 50%, meaning half of those returning from prison will go back after committing other crimes or violating the terms of their release. But for those coming through Goodwill’s re-entry programs, that number is just 5.6%.