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More People In Need Of Goodwill Sevices

October 23, 2011, 10:02 PM by Hailey Higgins

More People In Need Of Goodwill Sevices
SIOUX FALLS, SD - Organizations helping those in need are in need of a little help of their own. Goodwill in Sioux Falls provides services to thousands of people but they are worried they will be stretched thin, as they help more people than ever.

The Goodwill Store on 41st Street and Sycamore Avenue is bustling with shoppers. They're looking at clothes, decorations and books and Manager Ronda Huizenga says their support is critical.

"Yeah the worst definitely isn't over. I think the need is greatly increased," Huizenga said.

She's talking about the increased number of people coming to Goodwill looking for help.

"(It is) definitely because of our economy. We're a strong community in Sioux Falls but we still have been hit by the economy," Vice President of Development South Dakota Betty Durfee said.

Durfee said most people don't know how many programs Goodwill provides, including job services for veterans, domestic violence victims and people with disabilities. With a struggling economy, Goodwill is helping more people than ever.

"We see the numbers increasing all the time so we're trying to continue increasing our services," Durfee said.

Goodwill relies solely on donations from the community to pay for their services. Over the last few months, they’ve seen a drop.

Eighty-seven percent of donations go straight to the job placement services. But this summer, people held on to more of their old items.

"They had their own rummage sales to get what they want out of it and what was left over, they donated it. Normally, they would just box it up and give it to Goodwill," Huizenga said.

And while Goodwill says they are fully prepared to help thousands in the community, Durfee said they can't do it alone.

"We just got to be sure the donations keep up with that need," Durfee said.

Because of the increased need, Goodwill is opening a connection center in January to provide direct help, technology, education and networking to help the unemployed get jobs.

They plan to open one in Rapid City in 2013.

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