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Family Strengthening

Family Strengthening Initiative

Goodwill’s Family Strengthening Initiative provides comprehensive case management services to low-income unemployed and underemployed adult residents living in New Castle and Kent Counties. The primary goal of the initiative is to improve each individual’s economic status by finding more meaningful employment or by obtaining in-demand job skills through pre-employment training and coaching. Ultimately, by increasing the wages earned by the working poor, the family unit is strengthened. Additional wrap-around case management services include referrals and resources in the areas of education, housing and transportation. This holistic approach moves program participants closer to self-sufficiency, thereby reducing or eliminating the need for subsidies.

Family Strengthening Through Education Scholarship Program

Goodwill believes in the power of education and wants to support the educational development of those whose lives are touched by Goodwill.  Through the resources devoted to the Family Strengthening Through Education Program, Goodwill has created a $1.5 million endowment fund, known as the Ted Van Name/Goodwill Scholarship Fund. It was named after former Goodwill CEO Ted Van Name, who initiated this innovative program.

The annual interest generated by the fund pays for up to 60 eligible individuals each year who are interested in improving their educational background. Individuals eligible to apply for this benefit include team members or members of their immediate family (mother, father, sister, brother, child or recognized partner).

The “Power of Education”
The Family Strengthening Through Education Scholarship Program provides participants with the opportunity to earn their high school diploma or a two-year associate’s degree in any area of study in which they have an interest. Goodwill will also work with its established community partners to remove barriers and provide critical support such as career counseling, prepayment of fees and tuition, computers and books or by offering flexible scheduling options and transportation assistance.

The Family Strengthening Through Education Program has been endorsed by the Delaware Department of Education and by the individual presidents of our local universities and community colleges. We have also partnered with local school districts in Delaware and Delaware County, who will provide diplomas and GED’s for program participants. In addition, program participants can access Goodwill classes at training centers in Holmes, Pennsylvania, and in Wilmington, Dover and Bridgeville, Delaware, or go online and complete coursework from a home computer.

Through partnerships with Delaware Technical & Community College, Delaware County Community College, and the Delaware Department of Adult Education, Goodwill is offering scholarships to eligible individuals covering costs associated with pursuing GED/adult basic education, associate’s degrees, and in-house career development/job training programs.

For more information about the Family Strengthening program or to make a tax-deductible donation to help others pursue credentials that will bring living wage earnings, call (302) 761-4640.

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