HUBER HEIGHTS — Representatives from Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley (GWESMV) and leaders from the city of Huber Heights and the Huber Heights Chamber of Commerce broke ground on Monday morning for a new store in the Sulphur Grove Shopping Plaza.
The first Huber Heights location was opened in 1994 at 5058 Brandt Pike. Lance Detrick, President and CEO of Goodwill Easter Seals, said that store has done “really well and has had great support from the community.” He said as Goodwill has watched Huber Heights continue to grow and prosper over the years along the I-70 corridor, the new location provides an ideal opportunity for Goodwill to once again, expand in Huber Heights and to provide more employment opportunities for people with disabilities and also to grow and expand its retail program.
The new store will be the second in Huber Heights and its 28th overall retail location. It will be 15,000 square foot and will have a donation drive-thru and is very similar in size to the locations in Centerville and Beavercreek. Detrick said he anticipates there will be 20,000 donors a year at the new Huber location.
Detrick said the vision for the organization is to make it possible for all people to live, work and play in their community. He said the mission statement is to empower people with disabilities and other people in need to “achieve independence and to enhance their lives.” He said the two major groups of people they work with are people with disabilities and people affected by poverty.
This year, the organization will serve over 19,000 people in about 40 programs. These include employment services to help people find jobs and specialty services for those with disabilities such as deaf or hard of hearing or visually impaired or have physical impairments that limits mobility.
Goodwill is also involved in Veterans Employers Connection with a goal to help 5000 veterans find jobs by 2020. They also provide free car seats to low income children and early childhood screening to help children with disability get the services they need. They also offer help to seniors with Alzheimer’s or Dementia to live more independently by providing adult day care centers. He said they help people with developmental disabilities.
Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley serves a 23 county area in West Central Ohio and employs over 1300 people, over half of which have some form of disability.
Huber Heights Mayor Thomas McMasters said the city is excited to have Goodwill here with their second store and empowering people.
“This is a thriving area and Goodwill is a great organization with great mission and we’re looking forward to having you here,” said McMasters.
Goodwill’s new store is expected to open in mid-2016, according to Detrick. The new store will be constructed by Ferguson Construction.
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