Goodwill Industries of Tulsa takes on more than your used items and clothes

Posted at 3:00 PM, Nov 24, 2016

TULSA - Goodwill Industries of Tulsa has been a pillar of the Tulsa community for more than 80 years, but it does so much more than collecting and selling used items.

“I get my tennis shoes on everyday to come to work because we’re going to make a difference in somebody’s life, and that’s a reason to come to work everyday," said Sabrina Ware.

She's a Tulsa Works Career Academy and Job Connection Director, both programs within Goodwill of Tulsa. She's also been with the company for 31 years. 

“Our mission is to provide work opportunities, job training and support services for people with disabilities or other employment barriers," said Tulsa Goodwill President David Oliver. 

People with disabilities, low-income or other 'barriers to employment' are all free to take advantage of Goodwill's programs. This year alone just one of its programs has placed about 600 people in jobs.

Marvin Sumka took computer classes at Goodwill and is now able to work a technical job at a Tulsa casino.

“I needed something better than what I had been doing," Sumka said. 

Before Goodwill he unsuccessfully tried taking classes at a community college, but with his new job Sumka was able to buy his first car. 

"To anyone a job is an identity, and what you're going to do," said Tulsa Goodwill Board Member.

Walking through its headquarters it's clear to see Goodwill of Tulsa pours into their employees not just because of its mission, but because it thrives off of the success of every community member. 

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