Goodwill offering jobs to local city
MIAMI (WSVN) -- A 50,000 square foot plant is becoming home to a Laundromat, courtesy of Goodwill Industries.
Goodwill looking to give hundreds of jobs to those affected by unemployment, even workers with disabilities and special needs.
"We will be doing local hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers," said Lourdes de la Mata-Little, of Goodwill Industries. "Basically anybody that has linens or hospital gowns, scrubs, things like that."
Shannon Fowler, who has been without a job for some time, said the opportunity was just what she needed. "It's been good for my life," Fowler said. "It gave me another chance. I have a son; to provide for him, it's been amazing."
In two to three years, the facility could employ around 200 to 300 people and is located west of Liberty City, at Northwest 62nd Street and 36th Avenue.
"This city is one of the places in Miami that has the highest rate of unemployment," de la Mata-Little said. "We thought it would be great to open a facility that is just slightly west of Liberty City, but our primary [goal] and our priority is to hire from within Liberty City, just to give them an opportunity."
"I thought it was great to provide jobs in Liberty City, because there are no jobs here," Fowler said. "Everybody who works here is from this area, Liberty City."
Goodwill Industries hopes to positively impact the community. According to Fowler, so far, it is serving her well.
"Goodwill's mission is to train and employ people with disabilities," Mata-Little said. "This is a business enterprise with a social mission, is the way we like to consider ourselves."
"I would like to move up," Fowler said. "The manager also said that we can move up, so I'll be here until they kick me out."
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