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Our Mission

Co-creating independence and dignity through the power of personal and workforce development.

Goodwill’s History

In the late 1890’s, a Methodist minister in Boston started searching for ways to help immigrants. His name was Edgar J. Helms.

Edgar Helms began by collecting unwanted household items. He hired immigrants to repair and refinish them. He then sold the items and used the money to pay the workers. This system worked well and so the Goodwill method of self-help was born.

Goodwill Industries was officially founded in 1902. It began by offering skills training programs and job placement services.

In April 1921, Reverend John Martin founded Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit.

In 1970, Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit merged with the League for the Handicapped. Together these two organizations could provide more services and better serve the community.

Today, Goodwill’s team provides many quality services. Currently, they support more than 900 local businesses each year with a reliable workforce. Goodwill trainees receive classroom and vocational instruction. They also receive workplace behavior coaching, financial literacy, placement assistance and career support. The end result is skilled, mature and confident workers. We make sure that all are motivated to succeed for their employers.

Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit

For over 95 years, Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit has been a leader in making a difference in people’s lives. We help them find work, hope and pride in their life and in their career. Goodwill delivers services based on the needs of those we serve. We work with businesses, non-profits and government agencies in Metro Detroit to make this happen. Our work would not be possible without our community partnerships. Each day, we impact lives throughout the Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw Counties

Goodwill's Green Works:


Good for your business and good for the environment.

We offer low-cost asset recovery solutions for labor intensive operations. Our 94,000 sq. ft. facility offers ‘clean room’ processing to help break down and process environmentally sensitive material while providing employment opportunities for individuals in our programs, and in the community.

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Asset recovery solutions…right here in Detroit.

Goodwill has been providing asset recovery services for over 75 years to the Detroit area. Starting with Detroit Edison (now DTE Energy), back in 1943, Goodwill’s Green Works now does business with over 20 companies throughout the Midwest.

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Creating Jobs for Green Results.

Goodwill’s Green Works is dedicated to creating jobs and generating revenue for the fight against regional unemployment and poverty, while achieving green results for businesses in the Detroit area.

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“We are here to light a new path. It is up to you to decide if you want to take it.”  – Jay Wilber, former President of Goodwill’s Green Works

Goodwill Automotive:


Tier 1 Automotive Supplier

Goodwill Automotive provides kitting and on-vehicle assembly components to FCA, Ford, GM and large Tiers.

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Building Parts… Changing Lives.

A Tier 1 automotive supplier, providing jobs for Goodwill trainees

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Expect Quality

Our customers expect and receive the same great quality from us as they do from any TS 16949 certified automotive supplier.

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How can we help?

Share our story with your purchasing team and consider doing business with Goodwill Automotive. Let us quote a program to meet your needs.


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Consider hiring Goodwill trainees when filling positions at your organization. We help individuals get the skills ready to be successful in the workplace. We invite you to come by and schedule a tour of our facility to see what we do and how we do it. Reach out to Kelly at the contact below to schedule a tour.


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Outcomes and ROI

People Served

11,135 (2018) individuals received services from Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit.

People Served by County (2018)
Oakland – 8,808
Wayne – 77
Macomb – 325
Detroit - 1,925

Job Placements

1,135 (2018) job placements were facilitated as a result of Goodwill services.


$13.48 (2018) was the average hourly wage paid to workers placed by Goodwill.

Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit’s Statement on Wages
We are committed to paying all of our employees and program participants at least minimum wage, respecting their work experience and the value they bring to our organization and our community.


77% (2018) of individuals placed into jobs remained working after 90 days.

Quality Survey Data
Goodwill interviews employers, family members, guardians, and trainees to measure service quality. In 2018, we recorded a 98% approval rating from those receiving employment services.

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