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 in joining 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

Pikeville
126 Trivette Drive, Suite 104
Pikeville, KY 41501
(606) 727-5020

Elizabethtown
580D Westport Road
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
(270) 506-4950

Goodwill Kentucky career center

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

For more information, contact the Power of Work office:

600 West Cedar St.
Louisville, Ky. 40202
(502) 388-3010

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:

600 West Cedar St.
Louisville, Ky. 40202
(502) 388-3010

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 redetermining my focus. I was forced to reevaluate 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 health care 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?

  • Anyone between 14 years old and full retirement age
  • Beneficiaries who have a disability and receive SSI and/or SSDI
  • Those working, 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 benefit received, related health care coverage and verification of other public benefits received (i.e. 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:

Counties in Kentucky: Adair, Allen, Anderson, Barren, Bath, Bell, Boone, Bourbon, Boyd, Boyle, Bracken, Breathitt, Campbell, Carroll, Carter, Casey, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Elliott, Estill, Fayette, Fleming, Floyd, Franklin, Gallatin, Garrard, Grant, Green, Greenup, Harlan, Harrison, Hart, Henry, Jackson, Jessamine, Johnson, Kenton, Knott, Knox, Larue, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Lincoln, Madison, Magoffin, Marion, Martin, Mason, McCreary, Menifee, Mercer, Metcalfe, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Nelson, Nicholas, Oldham, Owen, Owsley, Pendleton, Perry, Pike, Powell, Pulaski, Robertson, Rockcastle, Rowan, Russell, Scott, Shelby, Spencer, Taylor, Trimble, Warran, Washington, Wayne, Whitley, Wolfe, Woodford

For more information:
Goodwill’s 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 18-24 in six Kentucky counties — Bullitt, Henry, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble — 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 youths 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 supportive services for work or school up to $600.

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 Rd., 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 Rd., 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.

“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

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

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

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.

“(My manager) asked me what I knew about Goodwill, and unfortunately, I couldn’t answer. She began to tell me about the programs – the expungement clinics, the resume-building workshops, and she mentioned the Cars to Work program and other programs that we do to help people who’ve been in crisis, which was the perfect fit for me. … I was almost a perfect candidate to come and work here, and I didn’t actually know that. That wasn’t the reason behind it, but it was such a blessing in itself to find out all those programs were available and what Goodwill stands for.

“I’m still amazed. It’s not what I’ve been used to, and to tell you the truth, I didn’t think I’d ever get the opportunity I have here at Goodwill.” – Shannon (Wickliffe), Goodwill employee and 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.

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 or 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 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 or 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 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 8-30 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 8-30 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

Reintegrating Individuals Successfully Every Day (RISE)

The RISE program is a job-readiness training designed to empower individuals that have multiple barriers to obtaining gainful employment. Utilizing a holistic approach, the program gives participants the knowledge they need to reintegrate into the workforce. Sessions in RISE cover a broad range of topics, including but not limited to, financial literacy, digital literacy, communication skills, health and nutrition and behavioral health.

Upon completion of the program participants will receive certificates marking their achievements and have the opportunity to earn a stipend, a laptop, get individual financial counseling, legal assistance and a gym membership or equipment.

Having been given these opportunities, participants can embark on their next steps to employment and eventually on a career path that leads them out of poverty.

LifeLaunch: Ignite

Goodwill is partnering with Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC) to provide 105 young adults ages 18-24 involved with the justice system trainings in welding, auto tech (brake repair) and IT leading to industry-recognized certification. Enrollment will begin in December 2020 and JCTC will offer classes through December 2022. The Welding and Automotive Technician cohorts offer credential attainment by completing one class as short at 16 weeks. The IT credential can be attained by completing two classes as short as 16 weeks. Upon earning certification, Goodwill career coaches and JCTC will help participants attain employment with established partners in each field.

For more information about RISE or LifeLaunch: Ignite, call (502) 585-5221 or email contactus@goodwillky.org.

Vocational Evaluations & Assessments

Goodwill’s vocational evaluation & assessment services are designed to assist individuals in determining their vocational interests, aptitudes, academic levels, basic skills, learning styles and work behaviors. A vocational evaluator/career coach conducts an intake assessment with the individual to learn about the individual’s disability, functional limitations, previous education, work history and reviews information provided by a referral source such referral form and medical/psychological reports. The information gathered is used to plan the individual’s assessment or evaluation.

The data/results from the assessment or evaluation is shared with the individual to assist the participant in identifying appropriate career options, better positioning them to succeed in the workplace.

Services include:

  • Vocational analysis, including academic or aptitude tests with interest inventory
  • Comprehensive evaluations, including extensive testing and identifying of appropriate career options, personal capabilities and interests.
  • Vocational exploration and counseling
  • Evaluations can be conducted in prearranged community locations throughout Kentucky in addition to Goodwill Career Services locations
  • Virtual evaluation and assessments can be provided throughout Kentucky.

For more information about our virtual services, please view this flyer.

Vocational assessments and evaluations are usually scheduled between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, but alternate days and times can be scheduled as needed to accommodate an individual’s needs.

For additional information regarding vocational assessments and evaluation, please contact:

Sharon Duke, MS, CRC
O: (502) 585-5221 ext. 2272
C: (502) 259-0422
sharon.duke@goodwillky.org

A referral form can be found here.

Goodwill Industries of Kentucky is accredited for vocational evaluation by CARF, The Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission.

Another Way

For eight weeks from April to May, members of our career services team here at Goodwill Industries of Kentucky tested a pilot program that offered unhoused individuals in Louisville the chance to work for a day to earn a stipend, lunch – and hopefully much more.

The program – Another Way – was funded by the Louisville Metro Council and used a van to pick up more than two dozen individuals and transport them to work opportunities in the city. Now, many of those individuals have full-time work opportunities and are able to house themselves.

With the pilot a success, the Louisville Metro Council has now allotted additional funds to to make the program a recurring resource for individuals across the Metro Louisville area.

For more information about the program, contact Program Manager Sharon Allgeier at (502) 585-5221.