Neal Buethe, Briggs and Morgan, Jerome Hamilton and Dr. Michael Wirth-Davis, Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota
Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota
Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota (GESMN) provides education, job training and placement services to eliminate barriers to work and independence. Revenue from 50 retail stores, along with other contributions, supports programs throughout central and southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
Their “donate-shop-reuse-educate-employ” model diverts over 60 million pounds from landfills annually and brings us one step closer to a world where everyone experiences the power of work.
Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota was founded in 1919 as the St. Paul Goodwill. Its original site was the Church of the Good Shepherd at 12th Street East and Cedar Street in downtown Saint Paul. In 2018, GESMN provided over 30,000 services to 5,576 people, making 1,090 job placements and helping 253 people advance in their careers. In 2019 they look forward to continuing the work of preparing people for work and adapting our efforts to meet the needs of employers, the community and the market.