Goodwill in Colorado Springs will soon begin serving Pueblo residents.
The Goodwill in Pueblo closed its retail store last summer, leaving the city without a local Goodwill. To help meet the city’s needs, Goodwill Industries International tapped the Colorado Springs Goodwill to fill the void left by the closing of Pueblo’s Goodwill. According to a statement released by Goodwill Industries of Colorado Springs (GICS), the Springs Goodwill helped over 72,000 people in 2009, and currently has nine stores in smaller communities in Southern Colorado.
Laura Marth, Assistant Director of Communications for the GICS, says that the Springs Goodwill is securing a leasing space in Pueblo to provide consumers with a Goodwill retail center. Marth says that while plans for rebuilding a permanent location in Pueblo are not underway at this time, she hopes that in the future there can be a permanent Goodwill location in Pueblo again.
Once the retail center is established, shoppers can find brand name clothing, books, electronic items and children’s items, among many other things. Thirty-five jobs will be available at this location, and GICS expects the amenities at the Pueblo location to be similar to other store locations.
Once Pueblo residents’ needs are assessed, rehabilitation services will also be provided by Goodwill.