Goodwill opens newly renovated employment center in Richmond

Goodwill opens newly renovated employment center

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Goodwill’s newly renovated Community Employment Center has officially opened along Midlothian Turnpike.

The center will bring new opportunities for thousands of people in need of jobs in the central and coastal Virginia area.

“We serve 6,000 individuals coming through our doors at our various regional community employment centers," John Doughtery, VP of Community Workforce, said.

Doughtery expects the new center to be visited by hundreds of job-seekers per day, such as “individuals who may have criminal backgrounds that may have created some sort of barrier to employment, or individuals who have been long-term welfare dependent.”

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney was also on-hand for today’s ribbon cutting, saying, “What is essential for a high quality of life in the city of Richmond is stable employment and stable housing.”

Mayor Levar Stoney and Destiny Hunter handle the large scissors to cut the ribbon to Goodwill's renovated Employment Center on Midlothian Turnpike
Mayor Levar Stoney and Destiny Hunter handle the large scissors to cut the ribbon to Goodwill's renovated Employment Center on Midlothian Turnpike

Those are two things Destiny Hunter now has, after turning to the organization for help.

Hunter now works full time for Housing Families First, assisting the homeless population. It was only a few years ago that Hunter was nearly homeless, struggling to find full-time work, and expecting a child – all without a support system.

“I was expecting to have that from family and friends, but I didn’t," Hunter said. “I’m still going through certain things today, but I have an obligation now. But I can’t stop. People applaud me for what I do, but I can’t stop. That’s my mentality."

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