Goodwill Industries of the Valleys celebrates 90th anniversary

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – A lot can be accomplished in 90 years.

Take Goodwill Industries of the Valleys. Today, the organization is one of 156 independent, community-based Goodwill agencies in North America.

Locally, Goodwill Industries of the Valleys was founded in Roanoke on Oct. 10, 1931, and consisted of a cabinet and shoe shop, store, mission hall and had 32 rooms for the homeless.

The first superintendent was S.L. Thomas who oversaw the work of 20-30 people operating a paper plant that generated about $10,000 annually.

Dating back to 1935, records indicate that the Roanoke program is one of 89 Goodwill’s nationwide and was the 64th program organized.

The current organization was created in January 2000 through the merger of four organizations with similar missions – all of whom were committed to serving those who were in need.

Goodwill’s service area covers 35 counties and 14 independent cities in Central, Southwest and Southside Virginia.

“As we look to the future of Goodwill, our vision is to eliminate poverty through empowering individuals, strengthening families, and inspiring communities. Through the work of Goodwill, we want people to have the opportunity to achieve their greatest potential. Times have changed in the 90 years our organization has been serving the Commonwealth of Virginia and so have the needs of our communities. Goodwill will continue to adapt and meet the needs of people who need our assistance. With the support of our communities and team members, we look forward to another 90 years of service.”

Richmond Vincent, President & CEO

Goodwill Industries of the Valleys says they will continue to build on the legacy of the last 90 years by striving to make a greater, longer-lasting impact in our communities while embarking on an exciting new future.

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