As if serving more than 11, 000 people along the Gulf Coast last year were not enough, Goodwill Easter Seals in Mobile hopes to expand their outreach by way of their new facilities, opening on Friday, March 20.
The non-profit is taking up residence in some newly renovated digs on Azalea Road. With 33, 000 square feet housing a donation center, retail store and community center, this location will help the organization further their mission and contribute even more services to the Mobile community.
“The new location will allow us to have multiple, larger adult education classrooms, a computer lab for job search activities, an activity room for our youth mentoring program, and meeting space for community partner agencies, ” Frank Harkins, President and CEO, said in a press release.
At 8:30 a.m. on March 20, a ribbon cutting ceremony will usher Goodwill Easter Seals into their new home. The public is invited to attend the ceremony and hang out afterward to tour the new building and shop. Plus, all customers who shop during their first weekend of business can enter to win an iPad!
Goodwill Easter Seals operates a number of facilities along the Alabama-Florida Gulf Coast, including 13 stores and 10 community centers. Plus, when you donate monetarily to the organization, you know your money is put to good use in the area. A United Way Partner Agency, Goodwill Easter Seals uses 91 cents of every dollar directly on services to help individuals in a 12-county region.
And what services does Goodwill Easter Seals render, exactly? Along with offering parental education, family programs and workplace development, the organization also assists those with special needs. This weekend marks not only a move to a larger space, but a chance for the public to come learn what Goodwill Easter Seals does in our community.
“We will have plenty of staff on hand to talk with customers about our services and programs, friendly faces at the donor door (which is now completely covered – all the donor has to do is pop the trunk and we’ll do the rest!), and helpful store staff to assist in keeping the store running smoothly, ” says Melissa Harville, Communications Manager for Goodwill Easter Seals of the Gulf Coast.
Harville adds, “We are hoping this new facility will offer people a pleasant experience, keep them coming back to see what’s new and show them how, together, we are changing lives.”
Be sure to stop by and check out their new home at 300 Azalea Road this weekend. For more information, visit gesgc.org.
Text by Chelsea Wallace