Voice of Caring – November 2011
MERS Goodwill is the largest provider of employment training and job placement services in the bi-state area. Your donations of clothing, housewares, furniture, even your old car to Goodwill can help thousands become self-sufficient, productive members of our community.
You can help by donating at any of their retail stores & donation centers. For more information or to find a convenient location near you visit mersgoodwill.org.
In 2001, Metropolitan Employment and Rehabilitation Service and Missouri Goodwill Industries merged to form MERS/Missouri Goodwill Industries. Combining resources and capitalizing on the strengths of both agencies resulted in decreased duplication of services and gained efficiencies in a number of areas and has provided an opportunity for growth and expansion in all three divisions. Our retail division has grown from 17 locations at the time of merger to now 40 locations. This expansion provides additional resources to the employment and training programs, which has expanded to serve dozens of communities and now annually serves thousands of individuals. Additionally, our contracts division has expanded to over 20 locations and has provided job and training opportunities to hundreds of clients.
MERS Goodwill’s strategic plan provides for continued expansion with a goal of reaching out to more communities with 50 retail locations and serving individuals across 54 counties.
We at MERS/Missouri Goodwill are also the proud beneficiaries of generous gifts from both the United Way of Greater St. Louis and the Jewish Federation of St. Louis; partnering with these great organizations enables us to help serve even more people.