Building Strong Communities
To eliminate poverty in Mississippi
Goodwill Industries International was founded in 1902 by Reverend Edgar J. Helms, a Methodist minister. Helms went door to door in the wealthier neighborhoods of Boston asking people to donate used household goods and clothing. He then trained and hired those who were unemployed to mend and repair those goods. The goods were then sold to support those workers and help others find and maintain gainful employment. Helms believed in giving a hand up, not a hand out by training individuals to find and keep employment.