Goodwill Celebrates New Niagara Falls Location 

Goodwill Celebrates New Niagara Falls Location 

Goodwill Niagara has a slick new location for its retail and donations centre.

The agency, which operates affordable housing for seniors and operates programs such as skills training for people on social assistance and practical skilled trades training for youth in Niagara, celebrated its new 16,000-square-foot location in the former Foodland grocery store location on Morrison Street that will include training space.

Don Chambers, chair of the Goodwill Niagara board, said much has changed since Rev. Edgar Helms — appalled at the conditions faced by immigrants who found themselves in a new country without jobs and sometimes desperate for food, clothing and shelter — established what would become Goodwill in Boston in 1902.

“(But) the philosophy has not changed,” he told the crowd. he told the crowd. “(The) motto is, ‘a hand up, not a hand out.’

“These are words to live by, especially in these economic times,” said Chambers.

Goodwill, now in its 24th year in Niagara with retail outlets of donated goods and clothes in St. Catharines, Welland, Niagara Falls and Port Colborne, is celebrating its 20th year in the Honeymoon Capital. The first little store on Lundy’s Lane was moved to the most recent location on Portage Road until the larger location next to Lee Valley became available.

The store has about 15 employees.

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