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C O R P O R AT E Rita Guhr - Three Decades with Goodwill
President’s Message U P D AT E After 30 years with Goodwill, Rita Guhr’s belief in the mission is as strong as ever.
“ e evolution of how I came to “No day is the same as the day before. Some days, there are
In the late 1930s, in the midst of the Great Depression, the small Goodwill Goodwill, to where I am now, has struggles. Other days, you see somebody’s accomplishment or
organization in Indianapolis was offering a range of services that included a Congratulations, made me appreciate Goodwill’s something comes through for someone, and that makes up for
kindergarten, a pre-natal clinic, a dental clinic for school children, a home- Graduates! mission,” Guhr said. “When I came those times,” Guhr said. “You get to see the little victories, and
based health care program and more. On Tuesday, Jan. 24 The Excel here, it was because of the mission, they are their victories — seeing them make improvements or
And yes, the organization also provided jobs in Goodwill stores. While the Center celebrated students’ and then I was able to grow into have a smile on their face, or for those who don’t have family, feel
accomplishments during our di erent positions.” like they have family when they’re here.”
available resources and number of people served were small, the approach
inaugural graduation ceremony. Initially referred by Vocational
Goodwill took in those days was — using current terminology — holistic and Dennis Schneider, a Goodwill employee since 1975, works with
In his keynote speech, Rehabilitation Services, Rita bene ted from Goodwill services
dealt with the whole family. Rita in Commercial Services. Rita has watched Dennis grow
Indianapolis Mayor Greg
and, soon, pursued a job with the organization. When Goodwill from doing simple sub-assembly work to janitorial work at
When the U.S. entered World War II, Goodwill’s primary emphasis shifted to Ballard encouraged students
hired her as a Placement Technician, it became her turn to help government contract sites. In December, they celebrated their
employing people — particularly people with disabilities — who previously to remain focused on the
job seekers nd training and employment. employment anniversaries together.
had few, if any, employment opportunities. Later, next steps in their careers and
education. The Excel Center is Today, Rita is an Employment Resource Development Specialist “I feel like I’ve learned to, every day, appreciate what I have,
an emphasis on vocational rehabilitation was
the rst public charter school in Goodwill’s Commercial Services Division, helping people where I’m at, what I have to o er people and what they have to
added. For the next 40 years, Goodwill’s primary with disabilities connect with resources and support.
in Indiana to provide adults o er me,” Guhr said. “I learn from them, probably more than
mission could be paraphrased as helping people
an opportunity to earn a high At times, she’s out on the oor, helping as a job coach. they learn from me.”
prepare for, nd, and keep jobs. school diploma and begin
By the early 1990s, societal changes prompted post-secondary education,
tuition-free. Locations are near
Goodwill to become involved in initiatives to
address growing social problems. Eventually, we downtown, in the Meadows Where Are Indianapolis Met Graduates Now?
launched efforts to improve education outcomes
and in Decatur Township. Learn Once a part of the Indianapolis Met family, always a part of the family. These success stories highlight
more at www.excelcenter.org. where two graduates are now and how the Indianapolis Met prepares students for what comes next in life.
for young people who had struggled or failed in
other settings. Tiffany Needler Shaquala Robertson
Board Member Class of 2007 Class of 2008
Simultaneously, we began seeing a great deal of dismaying data that Recognized
illustrated the negative trends of signi cant social indicators, despite massive Coming to Indianapolis Met as a When Shaquala Robertson was a
Last November, the Indiana
increases in public spending and a huge proliferation of not-for-pro t sophomore, Ti any Needler was student, she had to commute an
Chamber of Commerce
organizations. We began searching for programs that demonstrated long- one of the rst students to enter hour to and from school each day.
recognized Jean Wojtowicz,
term, positive impact reducing social problems. the hallways of the new charter She stayed focused, and her return
Goodwill Industries of Central
school and was later honored to to Indianapolis Met as an Indiana
Indiana and GW Commercial
As a result, we have begun implementing Nurse-Family Partnership in be the speaker at the school’s rst University intern shows that her
Services board member, as
Marion County. In addition to basic, nurse-led services offered under this graduation ceremony. “ e Indianapolis Met was my only continued determination has her well on her way to a career in
its 2011 Business Leader of
highly regarded, evidence-based national program, each mom or mom-to- option. I had dropped out of school two times before,” she said. public health and perhaps even nursing.
the Year. Since 1983, her
be will be linked with a Goodwill Guide who can advise her on education “I didn’t want to come at rst, but once I started attending, is spring, Robertson will teach Indianapolis Met students
company, Cambridge Capital
and/or employment opportunities available through Goodwill, nancial I really enjoyed it.” the importance of spiritual, physical and emotional health.
Management Corp., has
matters, housing, transportation, child care and health care. We believe this helped approximately 1,200 Needler graduated recently from the Art Institute of “I am excited. I think the students will really connect with me
whole family approach can help reduce generational poverty. Indiana businesses by investing Indianapolis and has been working full-time since September as because I am younger and I know how to share information in an
more than $800 million. an associate designer at Drapery Street in Carmel. Four years of interesting way.”
We intend to take a similar holistic approach with the children of Indianapolis
Congratulations, Jean! hard work, along with an internship at Drapery Street, helped While Robertson was a student at Indianapolis Met, she
Met and Excel Center students and graduates, Goodwill employees with Needler stay focused on her career path and long-term goals.
barriers and all these individuals’ families. Ideally, we will maintain these coordinated a special presentation to her peers to educate and
relationships until the children are grown. Save the Date! e company specializes in providing custom drapery, window encourage them to get tested for sexually transmitted infections.
Goodwill’s 2012 Celebration treatments, window cushions and custom pillows. Needler “I was surprised at the number of students who actually listened
As this approach develops, it may increasingly resemble Goodwill’s approach of Achievement takes place on enjoys her job and working with clients. She visits their homes and got tested. Teenagers wanted the information. I want to
in the late 1930s — only with much greater scale, current information and Friday, May 11, at the brand and then creates custom designs to match their interior continue to educate teens about the importance of living a healthy
technology, and, hopefully, long-lasting impact in the lives of people and in new Puma Den on the campus decorating needs. lifestyle and what that means.”
the larger community. of Indianapolis Metropolitan “I get to work very closely with the owner now. She has talked Robertson admits she had a hard time adjusting to being a college
High School, 1635 W. Michigan to me about owning my own location one day. at is what I student and describes it as stressful because it was new and
St. The event celebrates want to do.” di erent. However, she believes all of her experiences have shown
individuals who have overcome
Needler attributes her focus and motivation to have career goals her that she can accomplish whatever she sets out to do as long as
barriers to employment or
this early in life to her school advisor who helped her think she remains focused on her goals.
education and those who help
about what she wanted to do a er high school. “I feel the way many act and the things they say — students don’t
make that possible.
“My time at Indianapolis Met forced me to think more about realize how important school is. It is hard out here. Just because
Want to read more insights from Jim McClelland? what career path I wanted. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it I am in college doesn’t mean I have it all gured out. College is a
Check out his blog, Perspectives. http://jmmcclelland.wordpress.com weren’t for the experiences I had as a student.” good start, and I feel like I’m headed in the right direction.”
YOUR Meets retail
Didn’t meet retail
To be sold
Whether you’re making room for
a new pair of jeans or replacing
an outdated CD player, Goodwill
accepts your donations of gently
Donate. Buy. Good cause.
used clothing, household items, Number of times
furniture, books and toys. people donated to Good cause.
Goodwill last year
Ever wonder what happens to
your items after you’ve dropped
them off? Or how your donation Some donations, Goodwill Auto Auctions
bene ts the community?
donation After four weeks, items are Donations are placed
such as jewelry, CDs,
DVDs, video games
are scheduled weekly
throughout the year
look no further!
and collectibles secure at Indiana Public Auto
marked 50% off for six days. in bins, rotated every
To get the greater value online. Auction, 1340 S. Madison
two hours and sold
most out If clothing or shoes are not These items are set Ave. Most auctions
by the pound. Prices
of your sold after six days at 50% aside and sold through are scheduled on
We are pleased to accept the are 49¢ per pound
donations, off, they go on sale for Goodwill’s eCommerce platform: Tuesdays and
following donations in good/ for glass, 69¢ per
we give one day at 99¢. All other clickgoodwill.com. begin at 6 p.m.
working condition: pound for clothing,
them several items remain 50% off. Learn more at
Clothing housewares and books,
chances to goodwillindy.org.
and 99¢ per pound
Footwear be sold. Unsold items are
for paired shoes.
purged from the sales
Outerwear Other items, such “We greatly appreciate
oor and sent to one each donation that
Books, records, compact as TVs, are priced
of three outlet stores. we receive. Donating
discs, videotapes and DVDs as marked.
“Our recycling efforts have to Goodwill helps us
Computers, electronics, and been a great addition to our provide educational
accessories donation process. When Remaining donations such as and employment
an item is donated, it is our housewares are sorted, baled into opportunities to
Games and toys individuals with limited
responsibility to get the most recyclable commodities or disposed of. Sales of your donations
Housewares options.” – Kent A.
out of it, and recycling allows generate support for our
us to do this. Not only do Kramer, Vice President
Knickknacks (giftware) of Retail Operations education and employment
we get a chance to be good
stewards to our donors, we
can also keep commodities Goodwill employs more
Antiques and collectibles
such as plastics or metals Unsold items such as clothing and
than 2,700 people locally,
Hardware and tools from going into land lls.” shoes are sorted for secondary market the majority of whom work
– Phil Park, Director of sales and sold in developing countries.
Domestics Sustainability in our retail division. Many
Sporting goods of our retail employees have
barriers to employment,
Bicycles Since then,
Reconnect is such as limited education or
Goodwill has been
School textbooks Goodwill and disabilities.
Playground equipment Dell’s FREE
recycling program Opening of unsold televisions, Thousands of central Indiana
computers, Amount Goodwill residents are learning and
for computers, monitors, printers, electronics
and accessories. You can donate these items,
which do not have to be in working condition, recycling
MILLION saved in waste
working because of you. It’s
your jeans, CD player and
through recycling other gently used donations
at any Goodwill location. Learn more at
goodwillindy.org. center small appliances
Pounds of goods we kept
out of land lls last year in 2011 that make it possible.
Honor gifts received by the Foundation recognize birthdays, anniversaries
Why Does Goodwill About the Fred C. Tucker, III Honor Fund:
F O U N D AT I O N or other signi cant occasions in people’s lives. Memorial gifts to the
Fred Tucker’s service to Goodwill is long
Raise Money? and distinguished. He served on the REPORT
Goodwill Industries Foundation honor the memory of a relative or friend
and provide lasting help to people served by Goodwill Industries. The
Goodwill Industries Board of Directors from
names listed are those memorialized or honored by donors during the
If you shop at one of Goodwill’s many central Indiana 1988–2006. During that time, he was Vice
period from July 1–December 31, 2011.
retail stores, you might wonder why Goodwill raises Chair and Chair of the Board, becoming an
additional nancial contributions. A er all, the revenue Honorary Director in 2006. Since 2006, Tucker has been
generated from our retail stores is a signi cant portion a member of the Goodwill Industries Foundation Board
of the overall budget, sustains our operations and of Directors, and since 2003, he has served on the Honor Gifts Memorial Gifts Memorial Funds
supports our mission. e money raised by the Goodwill Goodwill Education Initiatives Board as a member and, In Honor of Scott Bess In Memory of George Mike Barth, Jr. William A. Carter Memorial Fund
from 2005–2010, as chair. Goodwill is fortunate to be Anonymous Mrs. Ione L. DeBolt Mr. Joseph Carter and Mr. Greg Julian
Foundation, however, supplements our retail revenue Mr. Matthew B. Carter
one of the bene ciaries of Fred Tucker’s philanthropy. In Honor of Jonathan Birge In Memory of Benjamin Brimmer
and provides additional support for capital projects Mr. and Mrs. Raymond W. McDonald
Mr. James M. McClelland Dr. Billye Brown
and services. Funds raised help us innovate, respond to About the Jack Dustman Honor Fund: Peter D. Coquillette Memorial Fund
In Honor of Peggy Boehm In Memory of William L. Buccholtz
opportunities, grow our businesses, expand our facilities, Mr. James M. McClelland Mrs. Ione L. DeBolt Mrs. Lorene C. Coquillette ornbury
improve the lives of our employees and weather tough This fund celebrates the life and Mr. James M. McClelland
contributions of a man whose community In Honor of the Marriage of Mary In Memory of Betty Collier
economic times. Bookwalter and Jeffrey Stant Mrs. Ione L. DeBolt Jack Dustman Memorial Fund
philanthropy included service to United Way
David Ziegler Mrs. William Halpern Robert and Ann Ferrell
In recent years, the Goodwill Foundation and its donors of Central Indiana, Indianapolis Museum Drs. Jim and Gwen Fountain
have been instrumental in supporting Goodwill’s of Art, IUPUI, Indianapolis Chamber of In Honor of Derrick Burks In Memory of Charles W. D. Gayley Paul and Martha Schmidt
Commerce and many other organizations. From 1968 Anonymous Mrs. Denise D. Gayley
education initiatives. e Foundation provided capital Reverend Orien Wesley Fifer
until his death in 2006, Dustman was deeply involved In Honor of Gina DelSanto In Memory of Virgil L. Ging
to remodel existing space in our headquarters for use as Anonymous Memorial Fund
with Goodwill Industries, serving as Chairman of the Mr. and Mrs. Richard H. Dyer
a high school, and it provided operational support and Mr. and Mrs. James T. Neal
Board from 1977–1980 and the Foundation Board In Honor of Nancy Ruddell Duck In Memory of Grace, Delores and Alfred
grants to help meet the needs of students and families from 1986–1996. He served on the board of Goodwill Anonymous Mr. Darrow A. Owens Louis and Carolyn Kincannon
in di cult times. Most recently, generous contributors Memorial Fund
Industries International from 1974–80 and chaired that In Honor of Otto Frenzel, IV In Memory of Jo Ann Wood ll Graham Friends of Lou and Carolyn Kincannon
donated funds to build the Puma Den, a multipurpose board from 1979–80. In 2006, Goodwill established The Anonymous Ms. Sarah C. Barney Joseph and Karen Glaser
facility that will o er physical education, recreation, Jack Dustman Society, a major gift society, to recognize In Honor of Corienne Gettum In Memory of Kathryn Harder Kipka Mr. James L. Kincannon
music and theater to Indianapolis Metropolitan High others who, like Dustman, had made a signi cant Mr. James M. McClelland Mr. and Mrs. Ross A. Kipka Ms. Nancy Kincannon
School students. commitment to Goodwill. In Honor of Robert R. Girk In Memory of Lois Knust Oglesby James O. Kneisley Memorial Fund
Anonymous Mrs. Donald Clodfelter Mrs. Joyce Kneisley
Sometimes it’s necessary to respond quickly to an
In Honor of Gordon M. Graham In Memory of Elmer D. Schwamberger Mr. and Mrs. Walter W. Kuhn, Jr.
opportunity, and funding from the Goodwill Foundation Memorial Fund
Mr. James M. McClelland Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Dryer
can do that. A grant from the Foundation provided Mr. James M. McClelland
In Honor of Cindy and Mike Graham In Memory of Reverend Landrum Shields
startup capital for recycling operations that created Dennis and Kaye Palmer Alan M. McNeil Memorial Fund
Goodwill Adds Veteran Fundraiser Dr. and Mrs. George H. Rawls
additional jobs, enabling Goodwill to generate more value Mr. and Mrs. David O. Johnson
In Honor of Betty Harris In Memory of Fred Svigel Mrs. Helen N. McNeil
from donated merchandise and reduce trash disposal Ken and Lory Harris Mrs. Donald Clodfelter Mr. Steven A. McNeil
costs. is venture makes our business stronger, and it As the newest member of Goodwill’s executive team, I nd In Honor of Holly Hill-Brooks In Memory of Jim Turner Maurine R. Miller Memorial Fund
diverts millions of pound of plastic, metals, cardboard myself in a unique situation. Anonymous Cindy and Mike Graham Mr. John E. Marynell
and electric components away from land lls every year, In Honor of James Humphrey
For 30 years, I’ve worked for a not-for-pro t organization — Phyllis J. Prather Memorial Fund
providing steady employment for several people.
the last 15 years as a Chief Fundraising Of cer. Of all the
Honor Funds Mr. Gene Prather
e Foundation also supports direct services to those Vice Presidents at Goodwill, I’m the only one with nonpro t In Honor of Brian King Anne Ayres Taylor Memorial Fund
Anonymous Betsy T. Dustman Honor Fund
who have barriers to achieving their full potential. is roots. In short, your Goodwill is run by business people, Mr. and Mrs. James P. White Mr. and Mrs. William Mode Taylor
assistance can take the form of work experience for and they run a powerful social enterprise serving thousands In Honor of Kyle Lanham Tom Mercer
Anonymous For contributors and more donor listings:
those with disabilities, lack of education or criminal of individuals and families in meaningful ways each year. C. Perry Grif th, Jr. Honor Fund www.goodwillindy.org/community
In Honor of Kent Kramer Mr. James M. McClelland
records, or it can help job seekers write résumés and My expertise is connecting individuals of means, who want Anonymous
apply for open positions. Recently, Goodwill has o ered Susan Bassett Hetherington Honor Fund
to see exciting things happen, with an organization that has In Honor of Scott and Emily McClelland Anonymous
services to its own low-wage employees through a great ideas. I get a thrill out of telling the Goodwill story, Mrs. Bernadette Aliprantis
program called Goodwill Guides. Employees learn about James M. McClelland Honor Fund
and I often discover people don’t understand the full scope In Honor of William K. McGowan Mrs. Donald Clodfelter
budgeting, accessing resources, planning and educational of our impact. So, we’re going to help old friends and new Mr. James M. McClelland Nancy and Berkley Duck
opportunities. Several employees have obtained a discover the Goodwill we know — a Goodwill reconnecting In Honor of Owen B. Melton, Jr. Mrs. Lorene C. Coquillette ornbury
promotion, saved for a house, earned a high school with its legacy of providing a holistic approach to the Mr. James M. McClelland Mr. and Mrs. L. G. Wilkerson
diploma or other credential, or moved on to a better job complex issues that individuals face. In Honor of Andrew B. Morris Fred C. Tucker, III Honor Fund
outside of Goodwill. Anonymous Mr. James M. McClelland
Come see what we’re doing, and I think you’ll want to
Goodwill raises money to help change the lives make Goodwill a part of your philanthropic interests and In Honor of Nancy Myrland
future planning. Your return will be an investment in human Anonymous
of the thousands of people in central Indiana
capital and more productive lives. In Honor of Michael B. O’Connor
each year. To learn how you can help, please visit Anonymous
www.goodwillindy.org/donate, where you can
Thank you, In Honor of Daniel J. Riley
donate online, and learn about gi s of cash and stock, Anonymous
as well as planned gi s. You can help someone earn In Honor of Jean Wojtowicz
Ken File, Vice President For Advancement
a diploma, have a healthy baby or advance in the Anonymous
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New, Larger Store
Opens in Anderson
New Goodwill Store After Goodwill closed the Anderson
Opens in Fishers store for a week, 117 shoppers
On Feb. 14, Goodwill opened its eagerly stood in line awaiting
47th retail store at 11561 Geist the grand opening of the new
Pavilion Drive in Fishers. At more store on March 10. Located at
than 15,000 square feet, the 4909 S. Scatter eld Road, the
store houses wall-to-wall modern store is 16,326 square feet — 6,900 square feet larger
and vintage designer clothes, than the former location. In addition, the new store has
household items, books and toys. It has four checkout four checkout lanes and a double donation drive thru.
lanes, a donation drive thru and 20 employees. Goodwill opened its rst store in Anderson in 1971.