LOS LUNAS — Goodwill Industries of New Mexico broke ground on its new store and services facility in Los Lunas with expectations for completion in the fall of 2018.
“We believe our new Los Lunas location will complement the momentum of economic development in the state’s fastest-growing area,” said Mary Best, the president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of New Mexico. “This facility will feature a retail store, donation center and free services, including job skills classes and job placement assistance.”
There are nine free services that include several veterans programs, job skill training and placement, plus a program for people who have suffered a traumatic brain injury, said Gary Doll, Goodwill community relations.
The services include resume writing, job search skills, interview techniques, customer service training, senior community service employment, and a forklift certification program in Albuquerque. These programs help all New Mexicans 18 years or older struggling with a barrier to employment.
“To start in Los Lunas, we will provide job skills classes and job placement assistance, in addition to the brain injury program that already serves the area,” Doll said.
The 14,500 square-foot facility, located at 201 Desert Willow Road, will create as many as 20 jobs.
Doll said Goodwill always tries to attract dedicated employees from the local area, who know the customers and the city, and that they are certain they will find excellent talent in the Los Lunas area.
The design of the Los Lunas store will mimic the contemporary feel of Goodwill’s Bernalillo store, a press release said.
Shoppers can expect a broad selection of gently-used clothing for the entire family as well as household items, decor and furniture. The convenient donation center will provide a quick and easy way to donate unwanted items.
Goodwill expects the Los Lunas location to serve more than 200 New Mexicans in the first year through free job placement and training programs.
Vice President of Operation Shauna O’Cleireachain said 90 cents of every dollar generated from donations that Goodwill spends is used to fund its free programs and services.
“That means every donation and purchase made at the Los Lunas location ultimately helps the community,” O’Cleireachain said.
While Goodwill has been serving Valencia County for many years, Doll said, the company has been looking for a suitable Los Lunas location for eight years and now they have the perfect spot.
“The (village) of Los Lunas has opened their arms and have been most gracious in welcoming Goodwill’s new location,” Doll said. “(Village) officials and Goodwill saw a need and are now able to provide sales and service to the area, mutually beneficial for all.”
Goodwill’s mission is to help New Mexicans overcome barriers to employment. It has pursued that end since 1941 and is entering the 76th year as a non-profit service provider in New Mexico.
In 2016 alone, Goodwill served 17,132 New Mexicans and placed 1,242 of those individuals into community-based employment.