Your Career Path Starts Here

Goodwill’s mission is to connect Kentucky job seekers with the resources and services they need to find and maintain long-term employment and a career path. We serve Kentuckians who have disabilities or experience other challenges finding success in the workforce, such as criminal backgrounds, language barriers, limited education, lack of transportation, and chronic poverty.

For more information, contact 1-844-GWK-WORK (1-844-495-9675).

Goodwill Kentucky's power of work program


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Goodwill Works

Goodwill is dedicated to helping motivated job seekers who need help getting a foot in the door with employers or who may need a second chance to participate in the workforce.

Preparation and opportunity are the keys to success, and we offer a Work Ready Certificate to graduates of Goodwill’s Soft Skills Academy. Currently, participants study and practice six concepts that significantly impact the ability to find and maintain employment: attitude, conflict resolution, dependability, safety, self-presentation, and team building.

Further, through partnerships with employers across the state – and by matching job seekers with long-term career coaches – Goodwill is connecting Kentuckians with meaningful opportunities to find a career path and climb the ladder out of poverty.

For more information, call 1-844-GWK-WORK (1-844-495-9675) or contact the Goodwill Works office closest to you:

Louisville Metro Area
909 E. Broadway
Louisville, KY 40204
(502) 585-5221

Lexington Area & Central Kentucky
130 W. New Circle Rd., Ste. 110
Lexington, KY 40505
(859) 277-3661

Somerset Area & Eastern Kentucky
5828 South Hwy. 27
Somerset, KY 42501
(606) 561-0359

Bowling Green Area & Western Kentucky
1806 U.S. Hwy. 31W Bypass
Bowling Green, KY 42101
(270) 781-4930

Goodwill Kentucky career center

Goodwill Staffing

Goodwill’s staffing program helps people with disabilities or other challenges find temporary jobs with the ultimate goal of achieving full-time employment. The staffing program serves people who face a variety of challenges, including language barriers, homelessness, limited education or work history, and criminal backgrounds.

For more information, contact the office nearest you:

Louisville Location
907 E. Broadway
Louisville, KY 40204
Telephone: (502) 581-0058
Fax: (502) 581-0504
Need a bus ride? TARC

Lexington Location
130 W. New Circle Road, Ste 110
Lexington, KY 40505
Telephone: (859) 225-6575
Fax: (859) 225-4231
Need a bus ride? LexTran

Helen Latta
Program Manager
Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, Inc
Cell: 859-806-7955

Power of Work

The KentuckianaWorks Power of Work program, operated by Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, matches Kentuckians transitioning off government assistance with employers who need eager, prepared employees. Participants receive job readiness training and help identifying their skills so they can smoothly transition into employment. Our career coaches offer one-on-one attention and support.

Participants have access to:

  • Job readiness workshops
  • Work experience training program
  • Vocational assessment
  • Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE)
  • Job survival and success scale

Check out a recent article about the Power of Work program!

For more information, contact the Power of Work office:

Heyburn Building
332 W. Broadway, Ste. 1000
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 574-4038

The Power of Work program is operated by Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, administered by KentuckianaWorks (Greater Louisville’s Workforce Development Board), and funding is provided by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

Participants have access to:

  • Job readiness workshops
  • Work experience training program
  • Vocational assessment
  • Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE)
  • Job survival and success scale

For more information, contact your local Power of Work office:

Heyburn Building
332 W. Broadway, Ste. 1000
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 574-4038

The Power of Work program is operated by Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, administered by KentuckianaWorks (Greater Louisville’s Workforce Development Board), and funding is provided by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

For me, the most important part of the program was re-determining my focus. I was forced to re-evaluate my priorities and stop succumbing to pressure. I finally have a stable income and am able to provide for my children. For the first time since having my son, I am completely free of government assistance.” -Meghan, Power of Work graduate

Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA)

The Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) program provides benefits counseling support to people who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

The counseling support is provided by Community Work Incentives Coordinators (CWICs) who have received approved training from the Social Security Administration and a certification through Virginia Commonwealth University. WIPA participants are paired with a CWIC who will help them understand how work will impact their income and healthcare benefits. They will also teach participants how to use work incentives to return to work to increase their financial self-sufficiency.

Who is eligible for WIPA?

  • Between 14 years old and full retirement age
  • Beneficiaries who have a disability and receive SSI and/or SSDI
  • Working, or interested in returning to work or increasing employment

Services provided:

  • Individualized short- and long-term benefits planning and management services so beneficiaries know what they need to report to the Social Security Administration when they work, including how to report wage and other information to the Social Security Administration, and how to access and use the Social Security Administration and other federal, state, and local work incentives programs.
  • Referral to employment support services and troubleshooting benefits issues related to working and the return-to-work process.
  • Presentations to beneficiaries, their supports, and providers about the Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance programs and work incentives.
  • Outreach to beneficiaries and their supports about WIPA services and how to access us.

What do we need from participants?

WIPA provides beneficiaries and their supports with benefits analysis and work incentives information specific to their situation and employment goals. Participants will be asked to provide verification of current benefits, including type of cash benefit received, related healthcare coverage, and verification of other public benefits received (ie. food stamps, Section 8 Housing, or other rental assistance).
Verification of benefits is critical to the services WIPA provides. We cannot give you and your supports accurate, individualized information without knowing what you receive, whether you’ve used work incentives in the past, and whether additional factors could impact work-related decisions as they relate to your benefits.

Kentucky counties served:

Bath, Bell, Boone, Bourbon, Boyd, Bracken, Breathitt, Campbell, Carter, Clark, Clay, Elliott, Estill, Fayette, Fleming, Floyd, Garrard, Grant, Greenup, Harlan, Harrison, Jackson, Johnson, Kenton, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Lincoln, Madison, Magoffin, Mason, Martin, McCreary, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Owsley, Pendleton, Perry, Pike, Powell, Pulaski, Robertson, Rockcastle, Rowan, Scott, Whitley, Wolfe

For more information:
Goodwill’s toll-free WIPA line: (866) 336-3316
Ticket to Work helpline: (866) 968-7842
TTY (hearing impaired): (866) 833-2967
Email: workincentives@goodwillky.org

This document is funded through a Social Security cooperative agreement. Although Social Security reviewed this document for accuracy, it does not constitute an official Social Security communication.

Kentucky Youth Career Center

The Kentucky Youth Career Center (KYCC) provides services for out-of-school youth ages 16-24 in six Kentucky counties—Bullitt, Henry, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, and Trimble Counties—in coordination with adult education programs and numerous community partners. The program focuses on three areas:

  • Improving basic skills and earning secondary school credentials
  • Enrolling in advanced training and supporting participants’ completion
  • Finding and keeping employment

KYCC serves youth who are interested in summer employment, year-round employment, or earning secondary school credentials. KYCC participants can take a job skills workshop and are deemed “certified work-ready” with the successful completion of a mock interview. Paid internships are available through KYCC and incentives can be earned by completing job and education goals. KYCC participants may also be eligible for up to $4,600 in tuition, books, and other supports for up to two years.

KYCC is headquartered in Shepherdsville (Bullitt County) with an additional office in Shelbyville (Shelby County). Walk-ins are accepted as well as referrals from public school systems, adult education programs, or other community partners and agencies. To receive services, participants must be eligible under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

For more information, contact:

Shepherdsville office:
508 Buffalo Run Road, Suite 104
Shepherdsville, KY 40165
Phone: 502-543-1342
Fax: 502-543-1285

Shelbyville office:
227A Alpine Dr.
Shelbyville, KY 40065
Phone: 502-844-2119
Fax: 502-844-2800

Funding for the Kentucky Youth Career Center is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor, through the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet; administered by KentuckianaWorks (Greater Louisville’s Workforce Development Board), and operated by Goodwill Industries of Kentucky.

For more information, contact:

Shepherdsville office:
508 Buffalo Run Road, Suite 104
Shepherdsville, KY 40165
Phone: 502-543-1342
Fax: 502-543-1285

Shelbyville office:
227A Alpine Dr.
Shelbyville, KY 40065
Phone: 502-844-2119
Fax: 502-844-2800

Funding for the Kentucky Youth Career Center is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor, through the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet; administered by KentuckianaWorks (Greater Louisville’s Workforce Development Board), and operated by Goodwill Industries of Kentucky.

“KYCC has helped me find a way to get the education and certification I need for my dream job. It’s a great program!” -Zach Castillo, KYCC participant

Senior Community Service Employment Program

The Senior Community Employment Service Program (SCSEP) is designed to link low-income, older workers to on-the-job training that can help them move into paid employment. Through SCSEP, Goodwill matches eligible individuals age 55 and older with nonprofits or public agencies for on-the-job training in a professional work environment, paid by the SCSEP program. The program gives preference to seniors who have physical or mental disabilities, are veterans or spouses of veterans, or who need job training.

Through a national Department of Labor (DOL) grant, Goodwill organizations across the country help ensure that more than 100,000 low-income workers over age 55 are aided by the SCSEP program annually.

Kentucky counties served:
Adair, Allen, Barren, Bell, Boyle, Breathitt, Butler, Carlisle, Casey, Christian, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Edmonson, Estill, Graves, Grayson, Green, Hancock, Hardin, Harlan, Hart, Jackson, Knox, Larue, Laurel, Lee, Leslie, Lincoln, Logan, Marion, Marshall, McCracken, McCreary, Menifee, Metcalfe, Monroe, Morgan, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Owsley, Perry, Powell, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell, Simpson, Taylor, Todd, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Whitley, Wolfe

For more information, contact:
130 W. New Circle Rd., Ste. 110
Lexington, KY 40507
833-439-7759

“This is a terrific program! The career coaches will help you gain job skills, which will help you find a job you enjoy and let you become independent.” -Darlene, SCSEP participant

Senior Community Service Employment Program

The Senior Community Employment Service Program (SCSEP) is designed to link low-income, older workers to on-the-job training that can help them move into paid employment. Through SCSEP, Goodwill matches eligible individuals age 55 and older with nonprofits or public agencies for on-the-job training in a professional work environment, paid by the SCSEP program. The program gives preference to seniors who have physical or mental disabilities, are veterans or spouses of veterans, or who need job training.

Through a national Department of Labor (DOL) grant, Goodwill organizations across the country help ensure that more than 100,000 low-income workers over age 55 are aided by the SCSEP program annually.

Kentucky counties served:
Adair, Allen, Barren, Bell, Boyle, Breathitt, Butler, Carlisle, Casey, Christian, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Edmonson, Estill, Graves, Grayson, Green, Hancock, Hardin, Harlan, Hart, Jackson, Knox, Larue, Laurel, Lee, Leslie, Lincoln, Logan, Marion, Marshall, McCracken, McCreary, Menifee, Metcalfe, Monroe, Morgan, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Owsley, Perry, Powell, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell, Simpson, Taylor, Todd, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Whitley, Wolfe

For more information, contact:
130 W. New Circle Rd., Ste. 110
Lexington, KY 40507
833-439-7759

“This is a terrific program! The career coaches will help you gain job skills, which will help you find a job you enjoy and let you become independent.” -Darlene, SCSEP participant

Goodwill Cars to Work

Founded in 2012, Goodwill Cars to Work is a program of Goodwill Industries of Kentucky. It aims to match affordable transportation with working Kentuckians who either have a disability or experience other barriers toward finding and keeping a job. For more information about the program or to donate a vehicle, visit www.goodwillkycarstowork.org.

Goodwill Cars to Work

Founded in 2012, Goodwill Cars to Work is a program of Goodwill Industries of Kentucky. It aims to match affordable transportation with working Kentuckians who either have a disability or experience other barriers toward finding and keeping a job. For more information about the program or to donate a vehicle, visit www.goodwillkycarstowork.org.

“I was so excited and humbled to pay off my vehicle. I want to thank Goodwill for giving me the opportunity to start over at 55 years old. You gave me a hand up, not a handout, and you believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself.” -Tammy (Louisville), Cars to Work participant

AbilityOne

Goodwill offers job opportunities for people with disabilities through SourceAmerica™ (formerly NISH), a nonprofit agency set up by the federal government to assist organizations like Goodwill in obtaining federal contracts.a

SourceAmerica was established through the Javits-Wagner-O’Day Act (JWOD) which enables people who are blind or have other disabilities to work through local, community-based organizations to provide quality services to the federal government. Goodwill has three janitorial contracts where more than 80% of employees have severe disabilities:

  • Bluegrass Army Depot (Richmond, KY)
  • Gene Snyder Courthouse (Louisville, KY)
  • Mazzoli Federal Building (Louisville, KY)

For more information about Goodwill’s janitorial services or employment opportunities, call (502) 585-5221.

Career Coaching

Goodwill implemented career coaching in the 1990s as a service for Goodwill employees who need a little extra support. Services include job coaching, soft skills training, assistance in being successful on the job, accommodations for disabilities, career planning, help with job search, and assistance in growing in their career. Together, an employee and his/her career coach develop a plan for improving on the job and addressing any issues or behaviors that could affect work performance and or reaching goals.
Any Goodwill employee can enlist the help of a career coach, including assistance with tuition reimbursement, criminal charge expungement, benefits and financial counseling, crisis management, health and wellness, referral to other community resources, and much more.

Career Coaching

Goodwill implemented career coaching in the 1990s as a service for Goodwill employees who need a little extra support. Services include job coaching, soft skills training, assistance in being successful on the job, accommodations for disabilities, career planning, help with job search, and assistance in growing in their career. Together, an employee and his/her career coach develop a plan for improving on the job and addressing any issues or behaviors that could affect work performance and or reaching goals.
Any Goodwill employee can enlist the help of a career coach, including assistance with tuition reimbursement, criminal charge expungement, benefits and financial counseling, crisis management, health and wellness, referral to other community resources, and much more.

Each Goodwill store:

  • Provides an average of 8-20 jobs
  • Equips employees with valuable, transferable job skills (customer service, cashiering, time management, production)
  • Offers clothing and other household goods at reasonable prices
  • Generates local taxpayer dollars
  • Moves Kentuckians off public assistance
  • Reduces the volume of goods sent to local landfills

In accordance with our mission, Goodwill places an emphasis on hiring people with disabilities or other challenges. Our goal is not only to place people into jobs but also ensure that employees have the resources and support to keep their job—ultimately gaining a better quality of life. Every Goodwill employee has the opportunity to be paired with a career coach who can assist them in being successful on the job and in their personal lives.

Each Goodwill store:

  • Provides an average of 8-20 jobs
  • Equips employees with valuable, transferable job skills (customer service, cashiering, time management, production)
  • Offers clothing and other household goods at reasonable prices
  • Generates local taxpayer dollars
  • Moves Kentuckians off public assistance
  • Reduces the volume of goods sent to local landfills

In accordance with our mission, Goodwill places an emphasis on hiring people with disabilities or other challenges. Our goal is not only to place people into jobs but also ensure that employees have the resources and support to keep their job—ultimately gaining a better quality of life. Every Goodwill employee has the opportunity to be paired with a career coach who can assist them in being successful on the job and in their personal lives.

“At work, I would get super nervous. I made a few mistakes, and I was terrified I was going to lose my job. The manager finally said to me, ‘Leah, I am not giving up on you. I believe in you.’ Those words gave me power, and every aspect of my life began to change. For the first time, I finally believed I wasn’t garbage. Goodwill literally saved my life.” -Leah, store employee