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Every day, our services are changing lives in South Central Wisconsin – fulfilling our mission to strengthen our community by providing supportive housing, employment services, and other assistance to local residents with disabilities or other challenges. People like Signe Bergersen.
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Goodwill was founded in 1902 in Boston’s South End by Dr. Edgar J. Helms, a Methodist minister. He collected used household items and clothing in wealthier areas of the city and then trained the poor and immigrant to mend and repair the used goods. The items were then resold or given to the people who repaired them and the Goodwill philosophy of “a hand up, not charity” was born.
Goodwill Industries of South Central Wisconsin began in 1962 as a division of the Milwaukee Goodwill. Today we are a separate organization serving 14 counties (Adams, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Grant, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Juneau, Lafayette, Marquette, Richland, Rock, and Sauk counties.) We are a proud member of Goodwill Industries International.
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We urge sensitivity when writing or speaking about individuals with disabilities. Just as derogatory references to ethnic and racial minorities have passed from our lexicon, it is important that individuals with disabilities are afforded the same respect.
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Get informed, be inspired. Goodwill’s semi-annual newsletter is a great way to meet program participants, stay up to date on Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin programs and initiatives, and discover new reasons to give.
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