Goodwill Employment Services Center Helps Connect People to Jobs

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Creating jobs and changing lives is the mission of Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, and they're doing it right here in Bowling Green with their new employment services center.

Many think of Goodwill as a place to drop off and purchase clothes or furniture, but officials say they're doing so much more here in Bowling Green.

"Bowling Green being the fastest growing city in the state of Kentucky... we knew there'd be a lot of job possibilities, and so we had the financial means to set up this office, and we've done it, and so far, it's been very successful," said Goodwill Industries of Kentucky Western Division Vice President John Wade.

"Since we've been open, we've served over 200 folks, and we have been able to employ over 100 folks," said workforce development manager, T.J. Shockley-Hunt.

Job Junction, the employment services center, helps people find and prepare themselves for careers.

"Job seeking can be very challenging sometimes. We love the opportunity to give back, and for folks to come here. We help them do their resume. We can mock interview with them," said Shockley-Hunt.

They assist with the job search and application process, and offer computer and fax machines for job searching. Shockley-Hunt says employers can also reach out to them for help finding qualified applicants. One of those job seekers says she uses the resources here almost every day.

"I am the only bread maker of the family so I needed a second job placement, so I knew this wasn't a place to be positioned, but a place to inspire," said job seeker and Job Junction participant Rachel Kirby.

"We had three individuals who were living in their cars that we were able to help them do a resume, get registered with us... job search. They were able to get jobs, and now they have been able to save money and secure apartments so they've actually been able to get off the streets," said Shockley-Hunt.

Shockley-Hunt says sometimes all it takes is a little inspiration.

"All it takes is someone to say, you know, it's going to be okay. Don't give up, and there are people here who want to help you," said Shockley-Hunt.

All that help is free for anyone, with any level of experience. Shockley-Hunt says the center helps people of all education and skill levels find jobs, from those with masters degrees to those with little or no experience.

The center, located at 1806 U.S. Highway 31 W Bypass, is open Monday through Friday from 8a.m. to 4:30p.m. Job Seekers can walk in or make appointments for services by calling (270) 781-4959. Employers are also urged to connect with Job Junction, which can forward qualified candidates for open positions, and provide a place for job fairs.

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