Goodwill Industries of San Joaquin Valley, Inc. (GISJV) is a not-for-profit agency that provides Work Services to assist people with employment barriers to become self-sufficient.
Goodwill was started in 1902 by Edgar J. Helms, a Methodist minister in a poor parish in Boston. His vision was to lift people out of poverty by offering them an opportunity to learn work skills that would earn a paycheck in order to become self-sufficient. The Goodwill social enterprise model was launched and spread throughout the United States. Goodwill Industries of San Joaquin Valley (GISJV) was incorporated in the state of California in 1942, just in time to assist with scrap salvaging efforts for World War II. Many of Goodwill’s early clients were veterans in need of job training and placement services. Today, Goodwill continues to serve people with barriers to employment to get the training they need to land the job they want. GISJV operates 17 retail stores, two bulk-sale facilities and a division dedicated to providing jobs for people with disabilities (Goodwill Service Connection).
GISJV operates stores, donation centers and training programs throughout the San Joaquin Valley, including the cities of Lodi, Stockton, Manteca, Tracy, Modesto, Turlock, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Clovis and Visalia.