CARF Accredited

Goodwill Industries – Big Bend, Inc. Awarded Three-Year CARF Accrediation

Goodwill Industries-Big Bend Inc. is excited to announce that it has received a three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International, a prestigious recognition of Goodwill’s outstanding community employment services in job development.

This is the fourth consecutive Three-Year Accreditation thatGoodwill has been awarded by CARF. The accreditation was awarded for Goodwill’s dedication and commitment to improving the quality of lives for those served in the Big Bend region. With this seal of approval for its services and programs, the accreditation allows Goodwill to stand out as a respected, efficient and capable organization, which helps Goodwill win grants and continue providing community services.

“Our mission is to ensure that Big Bend residents facing challengesreceivea wide range of job development opportunities and are able to sustain themselves and their families,” said Fred Shelfer, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries-Big Bend. “We also believe emotional, physical and spiritual well-being are all parts of a prosperous life and career.”

This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the local Goodwill organization’s substantial conformance with CARF standards. Goodwill was put through a rigorous peer review process and, during an onsite visit by a team of surveyors, demonstrated that its programs and services are of the highest quality. Through this meticulous survey and accreditation, community members will know that Goodwill’s programs are some of the best in the region.

As part of its commitment to providing top-notch services in the region, Goodwill is opening a Prosperity Center in Tallahassee later this year. The center will promote healthy and smart lifestyles for the community by offering a wellness center featuring a gym and financial literacy classes, among other services.

CARF is an independent, non-profit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of those served.


 

SunTrust Check Presntation

SunTrust Bank Presents Goodwill – Big Bend with $10,000 Donation

SunTrust Bank presented Goodwill Industries – Big Bend, Inc. with a $10,000 donation on Thursday, Nov. 21.  The donation is a gift from the SunTrust Foundation to help with the opening of Goodwill’s Prosperity Center.

“We are proud to help our friends and neighbors learn financial skills and increase their financial stability,” said Fred Shelfer, CEO and President of Goodwill Industries – Big Bend, Inc. “The Center will help Tallahassee citizens be prosperous community members and moreover, encourage family values.”

The Prosperity Center will assist low-income adults in improving their income earning potential and moving toward family sustaining wages, which aligns with the mission of the SunTrust Foundation. Visitors to the Prosperity Center will receive an evaluation of emergency needs, intensive budget analysis, and development of specific income goals, financial literacy training and ongoing financial guidance on site.

“At SunTrust, we believe financial well-being is a stepping stone to greater opportunity and prosperity, and we are committed to lighting the way to financial well-being for our clients and the greater Tallahassee community,” said Debbie Buckland Jacksonville City President and Executive Vice President Commercial Banking, SunTrust Bank. “Our partnership with Goodwill-Big Bend is one way SunTrust delivers on this promise.”