Goodwill collaborates with our community to transform donations into innovative training, employability, and financial stability programs that empower people with disabilities and other barriers to achieve independence.


Goodwill uses sales of donated items to provide free job skills training programs to help put people to work.


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Goodwill is offering Good Skills, a job skills training program that includes classroom and on-the-job training to help individuals gain both work and life skills to become better employees.

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We believe in the inherent worth of all people and celebrate each person as unique, treating everyone with dignity and respect and paying attention to each person’s perspective and individual needs.


We believe in the power and dignity that comes through work and focus our services on empowering people to reach their work-related goals.


We believe that only through teamwork and partnerships can we successfully serve those who need us most.


We take ownership of our actions, products, decisions, and policies, and we meet our commitments, accepting responsibility for our individual and collective performance at all times.


We commit to being socially, financially, and environmentally responsible with community resources.


We embrace continuous improvement, bold creativity, and new ideas that have the potential to change the world—one person at a time.

If making a difference in your community everyday is important to you, you might be right for the Goodwill team.


Goodwill Industries of Central East Texas, Inc. is a part of a national organization known as Goodwill Industries International (GII). GII includes approximately 179 local Goodwill’s in the United States and Canada and approximately 53 Goodwill’s in 37 other countries around the world.

The Goodwill “movement” began in Boston, Massachusetts around the beginning of the 20th century, under the leadership of Edgar J. Helms. A Methodist minister, Helms sought to help his poor disadvantaged congregation that was made up of mostly Irish immigrants who were unable to find work. Reverend Helms conceived the idea of having people with disabilities and disadvantaging conditions earn income by collecting and selling used goods donated by those more fortunate.

The mission of Goodwill has not changed much since that beginning, believing in “The Power of Work”, and the employability for all people.

Goodwill began operating in Lufkin as a branch store of the Tyler Goodwill in 1983. Since that time, the operation has grown to include three stores, one each in Lufkin, Nacogdoches, and Diboll. This operation became independent or autonomous on January 1, 1988 and is governed by a Board of Directors made up of local business people from the area served which includes, Angelina, Nacogdoches, Houston, San Augustine, Sabine and Trinity counties.

Goodwill is actually owned by the community it serves and the Board of Directors acts as the community representative to ensure that Goodwill serves the community in a responsible way.

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