SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL — The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International announced Goodwill Manasota has been accredited for an additional period of three years for its Job Connection Program. The Job Connection program – a free service – is designed to help individuals obtain long-term employment or transition to better paying jobs. Through community partnerships, Goodwill matches jobless and underemployed workers with companies seeking well-trained, dependable employees.
Goodwill has nine Job Connection sites throughout Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and DeSoto counties. Job Connection specialists help participants assess their career goals, prepare strong resumes and cover letters, identify prospective employers, and conduct successful job interviews. In 2015, Goodwill placed 961 people in jobs through its Job Connection service.
This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows Goodwill’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality.
Goodwill’s CARF “report card” included the following observations:
- Goodwill has advocated for the needs of its customers in the community and is recognized as a great resource;
- Goodwill has strong leadership in place, including an active board of directors and mission-dedicated senior leadership staff; and
- Goodwill is committed to quality improvement and is attentive to program and staff development. It has invested in state-of-the-art facilities and ensures that its staff members have the tools to do their jobs.
“We are honored to have, once again, earned our CARF accreditation for the Job Connection program,” said Bob Rosinsky, president and CEO of Goodwill Manasota. “More than 1 million people have been impacted by the Job Connection program throughout North America and that program started here. But we’re not going to rest on our laurels – we’re always working under the assumption that tomorrow must always be better than today. This accreditation is just another step on our path to continued self-improvement.”
CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF International, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services.
For more about Goodwill Manasota’s Job Connection program, go to ExperienceGoodwill.org.
About Goodwill Manasota
Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With the sales of donated goods and philanthropic donations, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities and other barriers to employment by providing job skills training and employment opportunities. In 2015, Goodwill Manasota served 22,739 people, placed 961 people in jobs and assisted 358 veterans as they reintegrated back into the civilian workforce. Goodwill Manasota’s economic impact back to the community is worth $81.3 million. Goodwill is one of the pioneers of the reduce-reuse-recycle movement and this past year diverted 41 million pounds out of the landfill. We accomplish our mission through a network of Good Neighbor Centers in Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and DeSoto counties and our Mission Development Services (MDS) around North America. Goodwill Manasota is accountable to a local Board of Directors. Goodwill Manasota in essence belongs to this community, and is not owned by any individual or company. For more information, visit www.experiencegoodwill.org.