10 Decades in 10 Months of Evergreen Goodwill: 2000s
Following the growth of the 1990s, Evergreen Goodwill began to take a more holistic approach to its social programs in the early 2000s. This new approach included offering transportation, healthcare, and other support services that are crucial to accessing good jobs and keeping them. It’s not just about job placement; it’s about ensuring long-term success in the workplace. For 100 years and counting, these programs have transformed countless lives in the Seattle area.
The year 2003 brought a significant change for Evergreen Goodwill. Ken Colling took over as CEO, succeeding beloved former President, Jill Jones, who had tragically passed away from cancer. Under Jones' 24 years of leadership, Evergreen Goodwill opened seven new stores, significantly boosting revenue and continuing Jones’ legacy of growth and community impact.
One of Evergreen Goodwill's milestones during this decade was the introduction of the STRIVE program in February 2002. STRIVE empowered participants with the skills and services needed to secure and maintain good jobs.
By 2004, Evergreen Goodwill had expanded its retail presence to 12 stores, including new locations in Ballard and Renton. By 2009 we had launched five additional retail locations and nearly a dozen Job Training Centers, showcasing our continued dedication to serving the community through continual expansion.
Fast forward to today, and Evergreen Goodwill has established itself as a pillar of community support and a leader in job training. With a focus on innovative and effective adult basic education, Evergreen Goodwill continues to equip individuals with the skills and support necessary for personal and professional growth.