Nonprofit Expanding Shopping and Employment Services to Decatur
Decatur – Goodwill of North Georgia will soon expand its footprint. The organization is building a store and career center in Decatur. Goodwill will break ground on the site Wednesday, November 19 at 10:00 am. Located at 2201 Lawrenceville Highway, the facility will be built in phases with the store opening first followed by the career center. Its support teams – finance, human resources, information technology and marketing – will also have offices on the property.
“We believe our presence will breathe new life into the community. Not only will our store draw shoppers and donors, but our two-story career center will allow us to serve a large number of job seekers,” says Director of Public Relations Elaine Armstrong.
The existing businesses in the North DeKalb Square shopping center will remain open during the construction of Goodwill’s 103,000 square foot facility. The adjacent space where Goodwill will build has been vacant for some time.
Opening a new location also means creating new jobs where they previously did not exist. “With each store we open, we create about 40 jobs,” says Armstrong. The career center will be Goodwill’s third in the county. “Our existing career centers on Columbia Drive and Buford Highway will continue to be a valuable resource to those looking for work, and the new center will allow us to be more convenient to people in another part of the county.”
Goodwill provides a variety of job training programs and employment services. It uses the sale of donated goods to fund those activities. This year, the nonprofit plans to help 16,500 North Georgians find work.