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Sneak peek: Goodwill officials show off new store/job center

SHOWING FOLKS AROUND — On Aug. 30, Goodwill’s Jeremy Waller guides a tour of a new retail store and job center still under construction on North Woodland Boulevard in DeLand. The new facility is expected to open in mid-November.

SHOWING FOLKS AROUND — On Aug. 30, Goodwill’s Jeremy Waller guides a tour of a new retail store and job center still under construction on North Woodland Boulevard in DeLand. The new facility is expected to open in mid-November.

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Representatives of Goodwill Industries of Central Florida recently showed off a new store and employment center on DeLand’s north side, even though the facility is still under construction.

Led by Jeremy Waller, Goodwill’s fund-development manager, and architect Kelly Kleppin, owner/president of KLPNstudio, the Aug. 30 tour took business and government leaders around what is still basically an empty shell of a building at 1600 N. Woodland Blvd., just south of and across the street from a Walmart Supercenter.

The approximately 25,000-square-foot building will house a thrift store, donation drop-off and Job Connection Center, all under one roof, Goodwill officials said. The facility, expected to open before the end of this year, will replace a nearly 10,000-square-foot thrift store/drop-off site about a half-mile south.

The Job Connection Center will provide assistance with career counseling, résumé writing, interview skills, computer training and job placement. The center also will offer a resource library and a computer lab, and all services are free for the users.

This will be Goodwill’s second Job Connection Center in Volusia County — the first opened in Daytona Beach in September 2015 — and its 10th overall in Goodwill’s six-county Central Florida region, according to Goodwill.

There are no plans to include a Job Connection Center in Goodwill’s Orange City store, but officials said that could be a possibility in the future.

“Our Job Connection Centers are a vital resource for veterans, people with disabilities or anyone with barriers looking for a job,” said Bill Oakley, CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central Florida. “Goodwill is looking forward to serving more residents in DeLand and West Volusia County.”

The new store/job center is expected to open in mid-November. Job openings at the store and job center are listed at goodwillindustriesofcentralflorida.applytojob.com/apply or www.goodwillcfl.org/jobsWork.php.

The new facility is being built on a previously undeveloped lot of slightly less than 5 acres on the west side of Woodland Boulevard, just south of Violetwood Road. The property includes a strip of land connecting the main parcel with Violetwood behind three intervening parcels.

Since 1959, Goodwill Industries of Central Florida has provided vocational and job-placement services to people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. With 29 retail stores and 29 Donation Xpress locations in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Brevard, Lake and Volusia counties, Goodwill directly channels more than 90 percent of its annual revenue into programs that enable individuals to secure long-term employment and become self-sufficient.

For more information about Goodwill Industries of Central Florida, visit www.goodwillcfl.org, “like” GoodwillCFL on Facebook, or follow @goodwillcfl on Twitter.

- Joe Crews, joe@beacononlinenews.com

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