We strive to be something greater.
In the late 1890’s, a Methodist minister in Boston started searching for ways to help immigrants. His name was Edgar J. Helms.
Edgar Helms began by collecting unwanted household items. He hired immigrants to repair and refinish them. He then sold the items and used the money to pay the workers. This system worked well and so the Goodwill method of self-help was born.
Goodwill Industries was officially founded in 1902. It began by offering skills training programs and job placement services.
In April 1921, Reverend John Martin founded Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit.
In 1970, Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit merged with the League for the Handicapped. Together these two organizations could provide more services and better serve the community.
Today, Goodwill’s team provides many quality services. Currently, they support more than 900 local businesses each year with a reliable workforce. Goodwill trainees receive classroom and vocational instruction. They also receive workplace behavior coaching, financial literacy, placement assistance and career support. The end result is skilled, mature and confident workers. We make sure that all are motivated to succeed for their employers.
Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit
For over 95 years, Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit has been a leader in making a difference in people’s lives. We help them find work, hope and pride in their life and in their career. Goodwill delivers services based on the needs of those we serve. We work with businesses, non-profits and government agencies in Metro Detroit to make this happen. Our work would not be possible without our community partnerships. Each day, we impact lives throughout the Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw Counties
Goodwill's Green Works:
GOODWILL’S COST-SAVING, ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY ASSET RECOVERY SERVICES.
Good for your business and good for the environment.
We offer low-cost asset recovery solutions for labor intensive operations. Our 94,000 sq. ft. facility offers ‘clean room’ processing to help break down and process environmentally sensitive material while providing employment opportunities for individuals in our programs, and in the community.Learn More
Asset recovery solutions…right here in Detroit.
Goodwill has been providing asset recovery services for over 75 years to the Detroit area. Starting with Detroit Edison (now DTE Energy), back in 1943, Goodwill’s Green Works now does business with over 20 companies throughout the Midwest.Learn More
Creating Jobs for Green Results.
Goodwill’s Green Works is dedicated to creating jobs and generating revenue for the fight against regional unemployment and poverty, while achieving green results for businesses in the Detroit area.Learn More
“We are here to light a new path. It is up to you to decide if you want to take it.” – Jay Wilber, Goodwill’s Green Works President
A TIER ONE SUPPLIER TO FCA, FORD AND GM
Tier 1 Automotive Supplier
Goodwill Automotive provides kitting and on-vehicle assembly components to FCA, Ford, GM and large Tiers.Learn More
Building Parts… Changing Lives.
A Tier 1 automotive supplier, providing jobs for Goodwill traineesLearn More
How can we help?
Share our story with your purchasing team and consider doing business with Goodwill Automotive. Let us quote a program to meet your needs.
Consider hiring Goodwill trainees when filling positions at your organization. We help individuals get the skills ready to be successful in the workplace. We invite you to come by and schedule a tour of our facility to see what we do and how we do it. Reach out to Kelly at the contact below to schedule a tour.
Outcomes and ROI
9,269 (2016) individuals received services from Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit.
People Served by County (2016)
Oakland – 7,183
Wayne – 79
Macomb – 97
= 125 people
1,279 (2016) job placements were facilitated as a result of Goodwill services.
$10.97 (2016) was the average hourly wage paid to workers placed by Goodwill.
Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit’s Statement on Wages
We are committed to paying all of our employees and program participants at least minimum wage, respecting their work experience and the value they bring to our organization and our community.
89% (2016) of individuals placed into jobs remained working after 90 days.
Quality Survey Data
Goodwill interviews employers, family members, guardians, and trainees to measure service quality. In 2016, we recorded a 99% approval rating from those receiving employment services.
Board of Directors
Retired Sr. Vice President/ Market ManagerJP Morgan Chase
1st Vice Chairperson
Sr. Vice President, Enterprise Architecture & Information SecurityCardinal Health
Director, IT Audit ServicesFord Motor Company
Partner, Risk AssurancePricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
Vice President, Human PerformanceBlue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Area 7 Manager, Workforce InitiativesCVS Health
Retired Finance ExecutiveFord Motor Company
CEOAlternatives for Girls
Executive DirectorChallenge Detroit
Chief Development OfficerGleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan
VP Marketing, Distribution & Product Support-GlobalJohnson Controls
Corporate Secretary & Chief of StaffDTE Energy
Clarence Pozza Jr.
Retired PrincipalMiller Canfield Paddock & Stone
Executive Management & Leadership Consultant
Director, Americas QualityFord Motor Company
Daniel S. Varner
President & CEOGoodwill Industries of Greater Detroit
Small Business Market ManagerBank of America
Chair, Division of Engineering TechnologyWayne State University
2016 Annual Report
Last year, Goodwill Detroit served over 9,000 individuals in the Detroit and Tri-County area. Learn more in our 2016 Annual Report.
GuideStar USA is an independent service that provides information on more than 1.7 million nonprofits. See GuideStar’s summary of financials, information and reviews for Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit and Goodwill International.
Brand World Value Index
Brand World Value Index
For the second year, Goodwill was named the #1 brand in 2017 enso.co World Value Index, according to how the brand resonates with people’s values. Learn more at enso.co/worldvalue or click through to read the article featured in Fast Company.
Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit has received a 3-year CARF accreditation through 2019, the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to a workforce development organization. This accreditation signals a service provider's commitment.