Friday morning Defuniak Springs residents and goodwill employees gathered to celebrate the opening of a new training center.
"The whole idea behind goodwill industries is that the community donates used items that they no longer need and those are resold in our stores and then that money is returned to the community in the form of career training and job placement assistance" said Goodwill Vice President of Human Services Stacy Larkin
Those involved in the training center portion of the new facility are meeting with local employers. They're finding out what those businesses are looking for in an employee. They will then use that information at the training center for those looking to stay in the area.
"It's going to be a cooperative effort between not only goodwill and jobs plus and others in the county but with our school system too. To try and make sure that we have the skill sets available to our citizens that want to go to work here" said Walton County Commissioner Bill Chapman.
The city's current local job placement program will be moving to Freeport making the Goodwill transition perfect timing.
"Goodwill is a win, win kind of situation because we take things that are no longer useful and we reinvent them. So reinventing them into skills training and helping people to also reinvent their lives really is extremely beneficial to the community" said Larkin.
"What I'm hoping is that when goodwill gets going here and gets really established they can expound upon their present business" said Chapman.
Commissioner Bill Chapman hopes more jobs are on the way as Goodwill could potentially add a thrift store in the future. Goodwill Industries is a non-profit organization with a mission of providing job training for those with barriers to employment.