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Goodwill and Episcopal Community Services are inviting the community to join the STEP Coalition to bring together public officials, nonprofit organizations, community leaders, corporate employers, and Kansas City problem solvers & innovators. Our objective: to break the cycle of poverty by giving people the tools to get ahead – one step at a time.

Both Goodwill and Episcopal Community Services have worked with and met amazing people who need a hand up and the tools to be successful. We know they want to break away from the system and while Goodwill’s mission is to empower individuals to earn and keep employment, the crushing fear of the cliff upon which they stand can prevent them from taking the next step to independence. The goals are to remove income inequality, increase social capital and enhance family structure for everyone in Greater Kansas City. That’s why we are so passionate about STEP, Self-Sustainability Through Employment Programs.

June 27, 2017 Schedule
4:00 PM PM – 6:00 PM

Blue KC Headquarters
One Pershing Square
2301 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64108

4:00 PM: Welcome and Overview
4:15 PM: Brainstorming Session
5:45 PM: Next Steps

Snacks and drinks will be served.



Location / Venue

Goodwill of Western Missouri & Eastern Kansas logo
In Support of Goodwill of Western Missouri & Eastern Kansas

Goodwill of Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas (Goodwill) empowers people to discover their potential and adapt for the future through the power of work. We help job seekers throughout the entire employment continuum; we support individuals in engaging the workforce, retaining work, gaining skills, and advancing their careers. In 2020, we served 12,065 individuals and placed 601 people into new employment.

Goodwill provides workforce development services, job training, and employment in 82 counties across western Missouri and eastern Kansas, focusing our programs in the following counties: Jackson, Clay, Platte, Wyandotte, and Johnson. We support individuals with different abilities and disadvantaging conditions, such as persons with physical challenges or cognitive disorders, limited education and work history, criminal backgrounds, underemployment or unemployment, or a situational barrier such as lack of transportation or housing.

We believe every person deserves the opportunity to work. Employment is more than a paycheck. It is independence, agency, dignity, and equality. Jobs empower people to support themselves and their loved ones, pursue life goals, and participate in their communities. 

Goodwill impacts lives through three strategies customized to meet participants’ unique needs:

● Our donated goods retail model provides employment, career planning, and upskilling through the recycling and reselling of material donations in our stores. 

● Our commercial and government contracts offer case management and employment for individuals with a different ability. 

● Our employment services and workforce development programs provide job training, job coaching, career placement, and ongoing retention supports for people with severe barriers to employment.

Over our 127 years, we have served over 630,000 people, provided over 23,017,000 services and secured over 203,000 jobs. 

For more information email kwood@mokangoodwill.org or call 816.842.7425.

Goodwill Western Missouri & Eastern Kansas: 800 E. 18th Street. Kansas City, MO 64108   www.mokangoodwill.org