Goodwill Industries was founded in Boston, MA in 1902, by a Methodist minister named Edgar J. Helms who believed in "Not Charity But A Chance," the foundation upon which Goodwill's have been built ever since. In fact, Goodwill's have been founded in nearly 200 cities throughout North America, with 40 additional associations having been established in other parts of the world. While Goodwill is non-secular, it embraces spirituality, heart and stewardship, focusing on the dignity of every single human being. It operates on the premise, "Give a man a fish and you have fed him a meal; teach a man to fish and you have given him a way to feed himself for the rest of his life…" Goodwill is about changing people's lives for the long term. It is about helping a person to develop the skills, self-esteem and sense of purpose needed to live a productive life with quality and happiness. Goodwill Industries of Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana has been empowering people to succeed in life since 1972. For 40 years, Goodwill has been committed to providing that we are "Changing Lives Through the Power of Work" and become productive, tax-paying members of society. It is Goodwill's honor and privilege to play a vital role in strengthening communities throughout Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana.
Board of Directors
1st Vice Chairman